Yellow Ribbon Education Program

Posted by Debi Teter

Yellow-Ribbon-Program-for-servicemembersThe Yellow Ribbon Program is a voluntary fund-matching partnership between degree-granting universities and colleges and the VA in which they fund out-of-pocket tuition and fees that might not be covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit will pay up to 100 percent of public in-state tuition, but it only covers up to $17,500 for private colleges and universities. Actual tuition and fee expenses can exceed these amounts. The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help students avoid up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees at these institutions.

Students who attend a GI Bill Approved and Yellow Ribbon participating college or university qualify if they are eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and are not on active duty.

Schools must agree to meet certain criteria when they participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. They pay Yellow Ribbon benefits on a first-come, first-served basis and have a maximum number of individuals they can pay each year. Also note that schools must certify student enrollment and Yellow Ribbon program information to the VA. Yellow Ribbon benefits are not available for training or education pursued on or before 8/1/09.

To find a participating Yellow Ribbon school, visit the  official GI Bill website from the VA.


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