Yellow Ribbon Program
What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can waive up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.
The Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) must agree to:
How Does the Yellow Ribbon Program Benefit Me?
The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are attending a private institution, graduate school or attending in an out-of-state status. If you are enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement.
Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be waived. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution.
Am I Eligible?
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:
How will I Know My School is Participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
You must be enrolled in an approved program offered by an IHL. You may search for approved programs on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. You may search for institutions that are participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program on June 1, 2009
When Will Benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program Be Available?
Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.
How Much Money Will I Receive Under the Yellow Ribbon Program?
What portion of tuition and fees charges will be considered under the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Answer: The difference of the amount charged to the student and what has been paid by VA as educational assistance.
The following steps are provided to determine the difference for one student:
Example: The student enrolled in 12 credit hours during the Fall term and the institution charged the student $5,000 for tuition and $1,200 in fees. The Maximum Charge Per Credit Hour for the State = $250 and the Maximum Fees for a single term = $1,000:
PLEASE NOTE: The amounts provided by the States on the corresponding table are preliminary and are not necessarily the amounts for academic year 2009-2010. Also, the amounts used in this example do not relate to any specific State.
The information provided in this table is in accordance with VA’s statutory requirement to determine the highest in-state, undergraduate, public tuition as specified in 38 USC 3313(c)(1)(A). This information has no relationship to, and should not be compared with, average costs of tuition and fees of public institutions within any state commonly referred to when considering educational options.
How do I apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Schools that intend to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program will establish application procedures for eligible students. The school will determine the maximum number of students that may participate in the program and the percent of tuition that will be waived. VA is currently accepting agreements from institutions for participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. You may wish to inquire at your school about their intent to participate and the application procedures they plan to establish for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please remember that you must be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
How Do I Apply for Benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill?
VA is not currently accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, however, once VA begins accepting applications, you are encouraged to submit your application on-line. VA will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. Your Certificate of Eligibility will also advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. If your school has volunteered to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, you should take your Certificate of Eligibility to your school and ask your school to certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon. You cannot certify your participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program directly to the VA. Your school must report this information on your enrollment certification.
Remember, to receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:
For Additional Information
Visit Education and Training department of the VA for additional information on the Yellow Ribbon Program or other benefits.
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