March 15 to May 15, 2023, was open season for the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2023-24 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.
VA’s website will reflect participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2023-24 academic year in June. Please consider posting on the institution’s website that its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2023-24 academic year will not be reflected on VA’s website until mid-June.
Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2022-23 academic year are currently available.
List of current schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program
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:
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.
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. In accordance with the law, VA has implemented an open season timeframe of June 1st through July 31st for foreign schools to apply for the Yellow Ribbon program. The announcement for foreign schools to apply for the Yellow Ribbon program will be provided prior to the commencement of the open season.
Please allow VA until September to update the 2023-24 participation list with Foreign School participants.