Yellow Ribbon Program

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program  allows UC to partner with the VA to contribute funds to our veterans' unmet tuition and fee charges when their tuition and fees charges exceed the amount payable under Chapter 33. UC can contribute up to 50 percent of veterans' unmet costs; the Department of Veterans Affairs will match the amount.

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 cannotbe 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). 

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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.