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.
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.