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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 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. This award is meant to bridge the gap between Post-9/11 benefits and private university tuition and fees.
The Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) must agree to:
The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to $20,235.02 to eligible students attending private institutions of higher learning beginning in the fall 2015 semester. 2015-2016 Yellow Ribbon Program fund become available August 1, 2015. Please note that the student's tuition and fees may exceed the amount of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit if the student is attending a private institution.
Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. The VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution.
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, they may be eligible if:
Per federal regulations, eligible recipients will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Current Yellow Ribbon Program recipients need not reapply, unless the recipient will be enrolled in a new degree program for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please note that current recipients must continue to meet federal and institutional eligibility requirements.
Only general demographic information is required to complete the Yellow Ribbon Program Application.
Note: All prospective students with a completed admissions application are welcome to apply. However, only applicants who are admitted to American University as degree-seeking students at the time of award notification. Students seeking to transfer to American University are encouraged to apply by the March 1st priority deadline to ensure receipt of a Yellow Ribbon Program determination prior to April 15, 2015.
The spring 2016 Yellow Ribbon Program application is now closed. Information for the 2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Program application will be available soon.
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