Effective May 16, 2014 VA is no longer accepting initial participation agreements, modifications to existing agreements, or withdrawals from the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Institutions should review the Cover Letter and Frequently Asked Questions prior to any submissions, modifications, or withdrawals from the Yellow Ribbon Program; especially to determine whether they should submit a new open-ended agreement or to continue to honor the terms of existing open-ended agreements.
Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2014-2015 academic year are currently available.
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 either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute 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:
Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate, as determined by service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty Servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty Servicemembers may be eligible if the Servicemember is qualified at the 100 percent rate.
Veterans Crisis Line:
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated May 29, 2014