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FACT SHEET: The Yellow Ribbon Program


WHAT IT 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.

WHY IT’S NEEDED: The Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit will pay up to 100 percent of public in-state tuition, but only covers up to $19,198 (2013-1014 academic year) 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.

WHO QUALIFIES: 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.

HOW TO FIND A YELLOW RIBBON PARTICIPATING SCHOOL: Visit the GI Bill website.

GOOD TO KNOW: 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.

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