2014 Academic Year Yellow Ribbon Program Open Season Information

The Yellow Ribbon Program

March 15 to May 15, 2013 is the period that VA will accept modifications to the terms of existing, open-ended Yellow Ribbon Program agreements (or withdrawal from participation) and will accept agreements for initial participation in the YR Program and/or renewal from an earlier year of participation. In the meantime, please see the following documents pertaining to the current academic year.


Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement Form

Cover Letter for Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement


Frequently Asked Questions for schools about the Yellow Ribbon Program

Click here for the 2013 Yellow Ribbon Program Participant List.


More Frequently Asked Questions for schools about the Yellow Ribbon Program (March 2011)


The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

The Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) must agree to:

  • Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training in any given academic year;
  • Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the IHL is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance;
  • Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant, scholarship, etc;
  • State the dollar amount that will be contributed for each participant during the academic year;
  • State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made in any given academic year.

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