- IHLs may voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fees costs that exceed the highest in-state undergraduate tuition and fees for the State.
- VA will match each additional dollar that an IHL contributes, up to 50% of the difference between the student’s tuition benefit and the total cost of tuition and fees.
- The combined amounts may not exceed the full cost of the IHL’s established charges.
- Yellow Ribbon payments will be issued to the school on behalf of each student via EFT (or paper check if EFT information is not available).
- Payments will include student identification information and the semester, quarter or term the payment is covering.
- An IHL may have multiple agreements.
- Only individuals entitled to the 100 percent benefit rate are eligible for this funding - Spouses and children using transferred benefits are also eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
An IHL must agree to
- Select eligible students on a first-come-first-served basis;
- Provide contributions during current academic year and all subsequent years if student maintains satisfactory progress;
- State maximum number of students for academic year;
- State how contributions* will be made (grant, scholarship, or other);
- State yearly maximum dollar amount per student by specifying a dollar amount for each:
- Student; or
- Undergraduate, graduate, and/or doctoral student; or
- Student enrolled in a specified college or professional school;
- Provide maximum amount payable to student each term (not to exceed yearly maximum dollar amount for student).
Contributed funds cannot be loans, Federal aid, or restricted funds. However, funds restricted for use in the YRP may be used.
- Yellow Ribbon payments are paid as lump sum directly to school
- Yellow Ribbon Information will be displayed in the WEAMS or on the GI Bill Web site
- Maximum Yellow Ribbon Payment information
- Maximum number of participants at the school
Note: Contract cannot be modified if tuition & fees increase.
Yellow Ribbon Program Frequently Asked Questions