March 15 to May 15 is the open season for the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools may apply for initial participation, modify existing open-ended agreements, take no action and continue to honor the terms of existing open-ended agreements, or withdraw from the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please see the cover letter and FAQs to determine the appropriate course of action. The cover letter and FAQs for the 2020 open season are available below:
VA’s website will reflect participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2020-21 academic year in June. Please consider posting on the institution’s website that its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2020-21 academic year will not be reflected on VA’s website until mid-June. Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2019-20 academic year are currently available.
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:
Veterans and dependents entitled to the maximum benefit rate, (including recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship) may receive this funding. Effective August 1, 2022, active duty service members may participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.