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What is the Yellow Ribbon Program & What are Yellow Ribbon Schools?

Yellow Ribbon Schools

Seeking information about the Yellow Ribbon program, Yellow Ribbon schools and how it may benefit you, if you qualify? Check out some commonly-asked questions below for Yellow Ribbon Program information that could help you identify potential funding for your education toward your post-military goals.

Yellow Ribbon Schools: GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) Eligibility and Application Information

If you are a veteran exploring funding options for your education, you may be wondering, “What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?”  or "What are the Yellow Ribbon schools?". This partnership between the VA and participating colleges and universities was designed to help veterans supplement their GI Bill® funding as they pursue opportunities in higher education, primarily at private or out-of-state schools where tuition may not be completely covered by GI Bill® benefits.

To be eligible for the additional funds made available by Yellow Ribbon schools, veterans must be entitled to maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, meaning they served for at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001 or were honorably discharged for a service-related disability after 30 days of duty. Dependents who are eligible for the transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits may also qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Is it the same as the Post-9/11 GI Bill®?

No. The Yellow Ribbon Program is separate from and in addition to the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, this program is intended to help bridge the gap between Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits and the cost of private or out-of-state education, helping eligible student veterans to afford tuition.

What are Yellow Ribbon Schools?

Yellow Ribbon Schools voluntarily partner with the VA to make funds available to eligible student veterans. The participating college or university decides to contribute a certain amount of tuition and fees, which the VA matches. These funds may help eligible veterans to afford a private or out-of-state school even when tuition is not completely covered by GI Bill® benefits.

In addition to the above, participating schools also agree to:

  • Provide contributions to eligible individuals on a first-come, first-service basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training.
  • Continue to provide contributions as long as the school is participating in the program and the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct and attendance.
  • Make contributions in the form of grants, scholarships or other awards.
  • Spell out the dollar amount that will be contributed to each student during the academic year.
  • State the maximum number of students that will receive contributions in any given academic year.

For more Yellow Ribbon Schools Information, visit:benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/education/Post-911_Yellow_Ribbon.pdf

How do I tell which schools are part of the Yellow Ribbon Program?

If you are a veteran interested in pursuing a degree at a private or out-of-state college or university, contact the institution to see if they currently take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program. While not every degree-granting institution is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, many colleges and universities do participate and Yellow Ribbon Program information may be available on a participating school’s website.

For a more complete list of schools, click here.

Find more Yellow Ribbon Program schools information: gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/YRP/YRP_List_2010.htm

Is this the same as the DoD Yellow Ribbon Program for Reintegration?

No. The Department of Defense (DoD) Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program provides information, assistance, and support to qualified Reserve and National Guard members as they reintegrate with the community following military service. It is different from the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which may make education funding available to qualified student veterans attending a participating school.

To learn more about the DoD Yellow Ribbon Program for Reintegration, visit: defense.gov/home/features/2010/1010_Integration/

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