Description of Benefits

Benefits of the Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay you:
  • all resident tuition & fees for a public school
  • the higher of the actual tuition & fees or the national maximum per academic year for a private school
  • an exception to this exists for students enrolled in private schools in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX. In these cases we will pay the higher of the actual tuition & fees or the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition & fees.
Your actual tuition & fees costs may exceed these amounts if you are attending a private school or are attending a public school as a nonresident student.

Institutions of Higher Learning (Degree Granting Institutions) may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution.

Click here for FAQs about the Yellow Ribbon Program
For more information see our Yellow Ribbon Program Pamphlet


Eligibility
Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty servicemembers may be eligible if the servicemember is qualified at the 100% rate).
Therefore, you may be eligible if:
  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

How will I Know My School is Participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

You must be enrolled in an approved program offered by an IHL.

State maximum Tuition & Fees - 2009-2010 (No Longer Effective August 1, 2011)
The information provided in this table is in accordance with VA’s statutory requirement to determine the highest in-state, undergraduate, public tuition as specified in 38 USC 3313(c)(1)(A). This information has no relationship to, and should not be compared with, average costs of tuition and fees of public institutions within any state commonly referred to when considering educational options. The amounts in this table are effective only for the 2010 academic year which ends July 31, 2011.

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:
  • You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill;
  • You must not be on active duty or a spouse transferee of an active duty member
  • Your school must agree to participate in the Yellow Program;
  • Your school must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in their participation agreement;
  • Your school must certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information.
Applicable to individuals:
  • with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001
  • or discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
  • Received an honorable discharge
  • Benefits may be transferred by active duty service member to spouse or dependents
  • Becomes effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.
  • On October 1, 2011, VA will begin paying benefits to members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard for qualifying service under title 32.
  • Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 To qualify for the increased payment, students must have been enrolled in USW before January 4, 2011 and in a program for which the combined amount of tuition and fees for full-time attendance during the 2010-2011 academic year exceeded $17,500. Students may be “grandfathered” for tuition and fees until August 1, 2014, as long as continuously enrolled at USW.
This program will pay the eligible individuals:
  • Generally entitled to 36 months of educational assistance.
  • Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the national maximum of yearly (Aug 1 - Jul 31) funding set by VA for those enrolled in a private school.
  • A monthly housing allowance, for the eligible students attending more than 1/2 time rate, based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.
  • USW is located at zip code 78209
  • Effective October 1, 2011. Individuals only enrolled in distance learning courses will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing.
  • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. Individuals eligible at the 100% benefit level may receive $41.67 for each credit hour certified up to 24 credit hours each academic year. The books and supplies stipend will be paid in a lump sum amount for each term or semester certified.
Additional VA Educational Benefits:

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB) Chapter 30
Vocational Rehabilitation Chapter 31
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Chapter 32
Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) Chapter 35
Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) Chapter 1607
Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves Chapter 1606