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Yellow Ribbon Program Schools for Post-9/11 Veterans

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that allows degree-granting colleges and universities to help qualifying veterans pay tuition costs exceeding the G.I. Bill’s usual cap for graduate, private or out-of-state institutions. Under this arrangement, Yellow Ribbon schools can volunteer to pay up to 50% of the additional tuition and fees, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will match them dollar-for-dollar. So attending an institution that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program means up to 100% of your tuition can be covered, even if that tuition is greater than the cap set by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

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Capella University

Utica College

University of Phoenix

Saint Joseph’s University

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

University of Saint Mary

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Benedictine University

USC School of Social Work

Saint Xavier University

Walden University

Florida Tech University Online

New England College

Norwich University

Full Sail University

Kaplan University

University of Southern California

Georgetown University School of Nursing

Southern New Hampshire University

University of Cincinnati

New England College

George Washington University

University of St. Thomas

Valparaiso University

California State University

The George Washington University

University of South Florida

Northcentral University

University of Kansas

Case Western Reserve Engineering

Syracuse University

Colorado State University

University of South Florida

Villanova University Online

Simmons College of Nursing

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Syracuse University

Take Advantage of the Yellow Ribbon Program!

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, only veterans who are entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above

Finally, not all colleges and universities take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program. If you are eligible and want to take advantage of this opportunity, you should research the U.S. News University Directory Yellow Ribbon Sponsor Schools noted above as well as the complete list of participating institutions when deciding on where you want to apply.