What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the law that was created by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This program is available for institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the U.S. or at a branch of such institutions located outside of the U.S. The program allows approved institutions of higher learning and the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and few expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
How will The Yellow Ribbon Program benefit you?
If your charges exceed the in state tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you are enrolled at a participating school, additional funds may be available to you through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Institutions of higher learning that enter into a Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement with VA will choose the amount of funds they will contribute toward your tuition and fees. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution on your behalf.
Am I eligible?
Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. However, some child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate. There 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 veterans service under the eligibility criteria listed above
How do I apply?
The VA will determine eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and issue a Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate of Eligibility will advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Murray State University has volunteered to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Therefore, you must bring/send this application, the Certificate of Eligibility, and a request to certify enrollment to your campus Veterans' Program Administrator.