VPS Newsletter June 2013
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:
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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).