Yellow Ribbon Program


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Yellow Ribbon Program

Apply for additional VA funding through the Yellow Ribbon Program!

Eligible veterans and their dependents who meet specific criteria can receive additional VA funding for out-of-state costs through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows U.S. institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Degree-granting institutions partner with VA to cover tuition and fee expenses that exceed the in-state rate. Schools can contribute a specified dollar amount. VA will match the amount, not to exceed 50 percent of the difference.

How does the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit participants?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® pays a student’s public in-state tuition and mandatory fees. However, if a school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, additional funds may be available to the student for out-of-state tuition costs not covered.

How does it work?

Participating schools agree to:

  • Provide funds to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contributions must be given regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training.
  • Provide funds during the current academic year and all following academic years. This continues as long as:
    • The institution is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
    • The student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct and attendance.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals entitled to the maximum benefit level, based on service requirements, may receive this funding. Others who may be eligible include:
  • Individuals who served at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001
  • Purple Heart recipients with an honorable discharge and any amount of service
  • Service members who were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • A dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at 100% level
  • Fry Scholarship recipients who attend terms after August 1, 2018

How do I apply for funding?

In order to apply for Yellow Ribbon funding at Rio Salado College, eligible participants enrolled must submit the Rio Salado Yellow Ribbon Application annually to the Veteran Services Department. The application needs to be submitted each award year the student wishes to receive the benefit and is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The VA award year begins August 1 and ends July 31 each year. Students must fulfill Lawful Presence requirements to receive institutional Yellow Ribbon funding.

About the GI Bill®

GI Bill registered trademarkGI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site.