Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to enter voluntarily into an agreement with DVA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual tuition cap. Payment is made directly to the school on behalf of the student when the school's enrollment certification is processed.

Visit the VA website's Yellow Ribbon Program page for more information.

Only individuals eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% benefit level or their dependents using transferred entitlement are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Active Duty / AGR personnel and their spouses using transferred entitlement are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Yellow Ribbon Program can provide additional funding to students who tuition and fees charge exceeds the in-state, undergraduate cap (before August 1, 2011); or charges for out-of-state tuition or charges in excess of the yearly cap for students enrolled in private institutions (after August 1, 2011).

If a school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, DVA will match each dollar the school contributes up to 50% of the difference between the basic tuition and fees amount payable by DVA and the tuition and fee amount charged to the student. The combined school and DVA contribution can't exceed the tuition and fee amount charged the student.

Use the GI Bill comparison tool to see if the Yellow Ribbon Program is offered at your school

Contact your VA School Certifying Official for more information and how to apply.

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