Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program

We are proud to Participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

he Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program also known simply as Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. This program is designed to help veterans afford tuition at any college or university whose cost exceeds that of public colleges. The provision allows colleges to enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help fund the cost of tuition that exceeds the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Colleges may contribute up to 50% of the additional expenses beyond what is offered by the G.I. Bill. The Department of Veterans Affairs will match that same amount. Please see the eligibility criteria below:

Am I eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

You must qualify for the maximum benefit rate of 100% under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

To qualify, at least one of these must be true. You:

  • Served at least 36 months on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service), or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break) on or after September 11, 2001, and were discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability, or
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a Veteran or a service member who has served for at least 36 months on active duty and qualifies at the 100% level, or
  • Are a Fry Scholar (eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program on or after August 1, 2018)

Note: At this time, you’re not eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you’re an active-duty service member or the spouse of an active-duty service member. But, as of August 1, 2022, you may become eligible if you’re an active-duty service member who qualifies at the 100% level, or the spouse using the transferred benefits of an active-duty service member who qualifies at the 100% level.

Please note the amounts below are effective August 1, 2021.

Division/MajorAcademic LevelNumber of StudentsSchool Contribution Amount
(Per Student/Per Year)
All Programs/MajorsUndergraduate120Unlimited
All Programs/Majors
(Except Physician Assistant)
Graduate50Unlimited
Physician AssistantGraduate10Unlimited
All Programs/Majors
(Except Podiatric Medicine)
Doctoral10Unlimited
Podiatric MedicineDoctoral10Unlimited

* Unlimited- 50% of the unmet tuition and fees for each student eligible once they have met the VA annual cap payable to a private institution.VA will match the institution contribution for each eligible student. For information on the academic year VA rate tables, please visit Education and Training Rate Table page.

Here’s how it works (example purpose only):

The school charges the VA $30,000 per year for tuition and fees, but the annual cap is $26,000 per year for private institutions.

VA will pay the annual cap of $26,000 cost under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. But you’ll need to pay the extra $4,000 of the unmet tuition and fees.

If you qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you can get the extra amount paid. VA will match the amount your school contributes to the program. So if your school funds 50% of the unmet tuition and fees, your school will contribute $2,000 toward the unmet tuition and fees cost. The VA will pay $2,000 to your school to match the other 50% of unmet tuition and fees, and you’ll be covered for the full amount.

Archived Yellow Ribbon Program

2020-2021

Division/MajorAcademic LevelNumber of StudentsSchool Contribution Amount
(Per Student/Per Year)
School of Professional and Career EducationUndergraduateUnlimited$2,100
School of Professional and Career EducationGraduateUnlimited$3,500
All Programs/MajorsUndergraduate90$12,000
All Programs/Majors
(Except Physician Assistant)
Graduate30$9,000
Physician AssistantGraduate8$9,000
All Programs/Majors
(Except Podiatric Medicine)
Doctoral8$11,000
Podiatric MedicineDoctoral8$16,500
Law School
(Orlando)
Doctoral15$10,000

Figures are for the 2019-2020 academic year.