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The Yellow Ribbon Program

The "Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program" (i.e., Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the "Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008."  Under this program, University of Cincinnati has entered into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed Ohio's highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate for student-veterans who are drawing on their Chapter 33 benefits.  University of Cincinnati will award institutional aid to a set of maximum dollar amounts.

Per U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs regulations, to receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • You must be eligible at the 100% rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill;
  • University of Cincinnati must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in its participation agreement with VA;
  • University of Cincinnati must certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information.  This will require you to adhere to all UC school policies and VA educational benefits policies and procedures so as to ensure timely processing.

For comprehensive Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility information, review the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.  

UC students must have a non-resident surcharge of more than $250 per term and are not eligible for Ohio GI Promise, Metropolitan Rate, Forever Buckeye, or Reciprocity.

 

University of Cincinnati Yellow Ribbon Maximums

University of Cincinnati will accommodate up to a maximum of fifty-five (55) Yellow Ribbon students for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Students will be allotted Yellow Ribbon benefits on a first-come-first-served basis up to the established student-category maximums.  

The maximum number of students per student-category and the maximum dollar amount provided by UC per category will be as follows:

  • Twenty-five (25) undergraduate students.  Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $3,946 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $7,892 per student for the academic year;
  • Fifteen (15) graduate students.  Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $3,022.50 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $6,045 per student for the academic year;
  • Five (5) College of Law students.  Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $4,596 for each of Autumn and Spring terms, for a maximum of $9,192 per student for the academic year;

  • Five (5) Pharmacy College PharmD Program students.  Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $3,018 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $6,036 per student for the academic year; and
  • Five (5) College of Medicine MD Program Students. Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $4,654.50 for each of Autumn and Spring terms (Summer term is not included) for a maximum of $9,309 per student for the academic year.

Once the maximum number of students per category has been reached, additional Yellow Ribbon applications for that category will be denied. If students participating in Yellow Ribbon do not enroll each Autumn and Spring terms, they will be removed from the Yellow Ribbon Program and have to reapply when they return to UC.

Student swill be responsible for any tuition and fee charges that exceed the per-term and annual maximum amounts established above.  To reduce their per-term tuition and fee charges, student-veterans must review their eligibilty for Ohio residency classification under the "Ohio GI Promise" and other residency programs available at UC and take action as appropriate.  

 

Applying for Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits

Step 1: Follow and Complete All VA and Registrar's Office Procedures for Obtaining Your Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits (Chapter 33)

Yellow Ribbon Program benefits can only be applied to UC non-resident surcharges that exceed $250 each term.  Therefore, you cannot be awarded payment of Yellow Ribbon Program benefits unless you are first determined eligible by VA and certified by the UC Veterans Programs & Services Office for Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits.

Follow the procedures for obtaining your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

 

Step 2: Complete and Submit the "Yellow Ribbon Program Application Form"

Apply for Yellow Ribbon benefits by submitting a completed Yellow Ribbon Application Form to the Veterans Programs & Services Office (University Pavilion, 2nd floor). 

Students will be allotted Yellow Ribbon benefits on a "first-come-first-served" basis up to the established student-category maximums.

Once your eligibility has been verified by the VPS Office for both Chapter 33 benefits and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, your tuition bill for the term will be credited with the appropriate amount once you are certified for VA benefits for that term. 

 

Under the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008,” University of Cincinnati will receive separate Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon Program payments for the pursuit of eligible enrollment in approved programs each term for the academic year directly from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the percentage of the student’s tuition and fee for which the student qualifies, as determined by VA. In recognition of this pending payment, University of Cincinnati will credit the student’s tuition and fee bill each term for the amount of tuition and fees covered by Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits.

Questions?

If you have questions about UC's participation in the VA Yellow Ribbon Program and/or the steps outlined above, contact the VPS Office (University Pavilion, 2nd floor).