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Yellow Ribbon Program

Thomas Edison State University is honored to have been selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a participating institution of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

The Yellow Ribbon program, GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Your tuition and fees may exceed these amounts if you are attending a private school or 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.

Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution.

Eligibility and Application Process

Only veterans or active-duty personnel entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements, i.e. 100%) or their designated transferees may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. 

To apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program at Thomas Edison State University:

  • Are VA Approved via CoE (Certificate of Eligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill) at the 100% rate.
  • 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 your sponsor’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
  • Request acceptance into the Yellow Ribbon Program by completing our Yellow Ribbon Application.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at