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Yellow Ribbon Program

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

While the post-9/11 G.I. Bill will pay for all of an eligible veteran's resident tuition and fees for a state college, your actual academic costs may exceed that amount if you are attending a private school or an out-of-state institution (like Briar Cliff). This is where the Yellow Ribbon Program comes in — some colleges and universities voluntarily team up with the Department of Veteran Affairs to cover additional college costs for eligible veterans.


How does Briar Cliff work with the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Briar Cliff contributes 50 percent of extra tuition and fees, while the VA matches the other 50 percent — meaning eligible veterans can attend BCU with 100 percent of their tuition and fees covered through a combination of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, extra V.A. funding and university support. 


Who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

You may be eligible if: 

  • You served at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001.
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability, and served at least 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • You are a dependent eligible for "Transfer Entitlement" under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bil, based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive Yellow Ribbon funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100-percent rate).


Fore more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.