Now is the time to encourage your school to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, so you can expand your available Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to the max.
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Tie A Yellow Ribbon To Your GI Bill Application


Now is the time to encourage your school to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, so you can expand your available Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to the max. It is literally up to you to apply yourself, in a number of ways, in order to get your full GI Bill benefits.

If you are a veteran, active duty servicemember, Reserve or National Guard eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% benefit level, you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Post-9/11 GI is available to you if you have served a minimum 36 months on active duty after September 10th, 2001, or served 30 continuous days before receiving an honorable discharge.

Dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill can also apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program.


You must be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% benefit rate in order to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program. And while you cannot apply directly to the VA for your Yellow Ribbon, you can and should apply immediately for the status of your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits in the upcoming school year.

Only the Department of Veterans Affairs can process your application for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, so apply online now.

After submitting your GI Bill online application, you will receive written notification in the form of your Certificate of Eligibility explaining VA's approval or decision regarding your eligibility.

If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate, the VA will also advise as to whether your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Then, if your school is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, take your GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility directly to your school without delay, and ask the school to certify your enrollment including Yellow Ribbon benefits. Yellow Ribbon benefits are awarded on a first-come basis.

Remember, you cannot certify your participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program directly to the VA. Your school must do so along with your enrollment certification.


Participation in the Yellow Ribbon is up to each school, each year. Inquire at your school about their intent to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Encourage them to sign up now! Let them know that the VA reviews and accepts agreements from institutions that wish to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program establish the application procedures for eligible military students.

For as long as the university is enrolled in the Yellow Ribbon program, they are responsible for delivering full benefits during the academic year, provided the student continues to fulfill his attendance and school work requirements.

The university will determine and inform students about the maximum number of military servicemembers that have access to the Yellow Ribbon Program each academic year, as well as the percentage of tuition and/or the dollar amount that will be contributed per military participant.

Schools may also contribute toward the Yellow Ribbon on behalf of military servicemembers in the form of grants and scholarships.

Remember - timing is everything! Participating schools will provide eligible servicemembers an equal opportunity to receive benefits from the Yellow Ribbon Program, on a first-come-first-serve application basis. So, apply and get certified at the 100% level for your Post 9/11 GI Bill, then you're ready to be first in line to get in on your school's Yellow Ribbon Program.



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