What is a Yellow Ribbon School?

In gratitude for your service to our nation, every year since 2011-12 and again for 2015-16, UIW is a Yellow Ribbon School for the eligible 100% Post 9-11 students and may fund the tuition and fee expenses that exceed the VA national annual maximum allotted to private institutions. The list of participating institutions for 2015-16 YR program will be reflected on VA's website after June 1, 2015.


The Yellow Ribbon Program allows private schools to enter into an agreement with the VA to fund the tuition and fee costs that exceeds the yearly national cap for students enrolled in private institutions (after August 1, 2014). The Yellow Ribbon Program is utilized in conjunction with student's Post 9-11 GI Bill and funds are paid directly to the school when the enrollment certification is processed.

Only veterans entitled to the Post 9-11 GI Bill maximum benefit rate (100%, based on service requirements) or their designated transferees with remaining entitlement may receive this funding. However, per the VA, active duty service members and their spouses, and Fry Scholarship recipients are no t eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member 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

Criteria to apply at UIW

  1. Eligible for the Ch33 Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits at the 100% level with remaining entitlement

  2. Maintain good academic standing at UIW

  3. Be admitted as a degree-seeking student with net tuition and fee charges above the VA's annual maximum rate as posted at

  4. The VA has set the 2014-15 national cap for Post 9/11 private school students at a maximum of $20, 235.02. UIW students will not need to request the VA Yellow Ribbon until the Spring/Summer 2015 semesters.

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