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Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for higher out-of-state, private school, or graduate school tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. Find out if your school is a part of this program.

Can I get this benefit?

You can get this benefit if you meet both of the requirements listed below.

Both of these must be true:

  • You qualify for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and
  • Your school takes part in the Yellow Ribbon Program and has confirmed your enrollment with us

You may be able to get this benefit if you’re the dependent of a Veteran who qualifies for transfer of entitlement for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Find out about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
See the list of schools that offer the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified dependents

What benefits can I get?

Money for tuition

How do I get this benefit?

  1. Apply for benefits

    Apply for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
    If you qualify for benefits, you’ll get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

  2. Turn in your COE

    Bring your COE to your school’s certifying official, or to the financial aid, military liaison, or other office as determined by your school, and ask to apply to your school’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

  3. Wait for a decision
    Your school will decide:
    • Whether it has already enrolled the maximum number of students for the program period. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. We have an agreement with each school about on how many students may be covered each year.
    • How much the entitlement will be. Your school decides this amount by adding up tuition and mandatory fees, and then subtracting any specific aid you’ve gotten from other sources—such as scholarships or grants, as well as your Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition payment. Your school applies the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit to this final amount.
  4. Follow up

    You’ll get a notice from your school about whether it has accepted you into the program and how much money you’ll get for tuition.