Yellow Ribbon Program

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay all resident tuition & fees for a public school if you are at the maximum benefit rate. Actual tuition and fee costs may exceed these amounts if you 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. Degree-granting institutions of higher learning participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program agree to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.

Who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate, as determined by service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this 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.

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 using transferred entitlement
  • Your school must agree to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Your school must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals, as stated in their participation agreement
  • Your school must certify your enrollment to VA and provide Yellow Ribbon Program information

You may be eligible if you fit the following circumstances:

  • You served an aggregate period of 36 months in active duty after September 10, 2001
  • 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 the service eligibility criteria listed above.

Does North Idaho College participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
North Idaho College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers 10 slots each semester with a maximum contribution of $1000 per participant per semester. The slots are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis. If you are on academic probation, suspension, or disqualification you are no longer eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and must pay your out of state tuition and fees.

How do I apply?
You can complete the application available from Kecia Siegel, Veterans Coordinator, who is located in the Veterans Resource Center in the lower level of the Edminster Student Union Building or link to form. The form must be completed and returned to Kecia Siegel with a copy of a current Certificate of Eligibility.