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Yellow Ribbon Program

March 15 to May 15, 2017 was the open season to apply for or make changes to participation for the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2017-18 academic year. Please refer to the cover letter, FAQs and information below to learn more about this program. The next open season will permit schools to apply for initial participation, modify existing open-ended agreements, or to withdraw from the Yellow Ribbon Program.

VA’s website will reflect participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2017-18 academic year in June. Please consider posting on the institution’s website that its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2017-18 academic year will not be reflected on VA’s website until June. Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2016-17 academic year are currently available.

Click here for the 2016 - 2017 Yellow Ribbon Program Participant List.

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:

  • Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training in any given academic year;
  • Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the IHL is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance;
  • Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant, scholarship, etc;
  • State the dollar amount that will be contributed for each participant during the academic year;
  • State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made in any given academic year.

Available Benefits and Eligibility

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.

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