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Yellow Ribbon Program

Yellow Ribbon Program – Foreign Institutions

The recent passage of Public Law 116-315, Section 1008, “Technical Correction to Clarify Eligibility for Participation in Yellow Ribbon Program of Department of Veterans Affairs,” amends Section 3317(a) of title 38 USC and allows foreign schools to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

From now through to July 31, 2021, we are accepting new Yellow Ribbon Program agreements from foreign institutions for academic year 2021-2022. Institutions may apply for initial participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please see the cover letter to determine the appropriate course of action. The cover letter, form, and instructions for the 2021 opportunity to apply are available below.

● Cover Letter
Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement Form and Instructions for Submission

VA’s website will reflect foreign participation for approved foreign institutions in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2021-22 academic year after the opportunity has closed and a formal decision has been made on the agreement.

Yellow Ribbon Program – Domestic Institutions

March 15 to May 15, 2021 was the open season to apply for or make changes to participation for the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2021-22 academic year. Please refer to the cover letter and FAQs and information below to learn more about this program. The next open season will permit schools to apply for initial participation, modify existing open-ended agreements, or to withdraw from the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Cover Letter
Updated Frequently Asked Questions For Schools

The GI Bill Comparison Tool is expected to reflect participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2021-22 academic year late June or early July. Please consider posting on the institution’s website that its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2021-22 academic year will not be reflected on VA’s website until then. Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2020-21 academic year are currently available.

Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the current academic year are currently available. 

The passage of Public Law 116-315, Section 1008, “Technical Correction to Clarify Eligibility for Participation in Yellow Ribbon Program of Department of Veterans Affairs,” allows foreign schools to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This law amends Section 3317(a) of title 38 USC. VA is working to implement this section of the law and will post information specifically for foreign schools in the near future in order to provide information on the application process for academic year 2021-2022.

2020-21 Yellow Ribbon Program Participant List

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.

Available Benefits and Eligibility

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.

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