Yellow Ribbon Program Explained
The Yellow Ribbon Program was established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (such as colleges, universities, and other degree-granting schools) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The institution can contribute a specified dollar amount of those expenses, and VA will match the contribution, not to exceed 50% of the difference.
To receive the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits you must be enrolled in an approved program offered by an institution of higher learning that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Am I Eligible?
You may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit if you:
*New provision per the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act ... “The Forever GI?Bill.”
How Does The Yellow Ribbon Program Benefit Me?
The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays all in-state tuition and fee charges at public schools and tuition and fees not to exceed a national cap at private schools. Out-of-state students and those attending private schools may receive additional funds to help cover unmet costs under the Yellow Ribbon Program. If your charges exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you are enrolled at a participating school, additional funds may be available to you through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Institutions of higher learning that enter into a Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement with VA will choose the amount of funds they will contribute toward your tuition and fees. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution on your behalf.
What Must My School Agree To?
The school must agree to:
How Will I Know if My School Is Participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
You can search for Yellow Ribbon Program schools on the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website at benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/yellow_ribbon.asp or check the following pages for a complete list of participating schools.
How Will I Know if I Can Use the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Your school will let you know:
How Do I Apply?
You must contact your School Certifying Official to apply for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits.
Example of How the Yellow Ribbon Program Works
You are attending a private school or a public school as an out-of-state resident and your tuition and fees for the year are $45,805. The Post-9/11 GI bill will pay $22,805.* You are responsible for the $23,000 difference. If your school offers $10,000 in Yellow Ribbon contributions, the VA will also pay $10,000 to the school, and you will be responsible for only $3,000. If your school offers $5,000 in Yellow Ribbon contributions, VA will also pay $5,000 to your school, and you will be responsible for the remaining $13,000.