VA Yellow Ribbon Program Looking for Colleges

Colleges and universities have until May 23 to enlist in a program that helps veterans and service members cover the cost of a higher education.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows degree-granting institutions to voluntarily enter into a formal agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed either the annual $17,500 private institutions cap recently instituted by Congress or the in-state tuition and fees charged out-of-state residents attending public institutions. 

Photo courtesy of Veterans Today.

The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match this additional funding for eligible students.  This may enable qualified students to attend school tuition-free. 

This Post-9/11 GI Bill program is available for service members and Veterans at the 100 percent benefit level, specifically those who have served at least 36 months on active duty or served at least 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service-related injury after Sept. 11, 2001.  The benefit can be transferred to eligible family members.

Interested schools should visit VA’s Web site for more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, There’s an explanation of the program, an agreement form, instructions, and an easy-to-follow checklist for colleges to sign-up.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, VA signed more than 1,200 Yellow Ribbon agreements.  A complete listing of the schools presently participating is available here.

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