Yellow Ribbon Program

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?‌

The Yellow Ribbon 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 highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Sacred Heart University will contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

How Does the Yellow Ribbon Program Benefit the Student?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition. The student’s tuition and fees may exceed that amount if they are attending a private institution, graduate school or attending in a out-of-state status. If they are enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition*, additional funds may be available for their education program without an additional charge to their 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.

*Note: In light of new laws which will go into effect on August 1, 2011, a nationwide cap of $17,500 for tuition and fees will be implemented in lieu of the current amount equal to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition for Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Who Is Eligible?

Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, they may be eligible if:

  • They served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • They were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • They are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

When Will Benefits under the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program Be Available?

Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

Sacred Heart University has committed to the Yellow Ribbon Program for 80 Undergraduate students during fiscal year 2011.

What Office do I start with at Sacred Heart University?

Students may contact, Jon DeBenedictis in University College with questions about getting started. Jon will then refer students to the appropriate Admissions office depending on the student’s interest in attending Full Time, Part Time or Graduate. You can contact Jon at or 203-365-7678.

What documents should I bring?

Students should bring their COE (certificate of eligibility) and discharge document.

The veteran will receive an original certificate, as well as a copy for the college. The certificate will note the individual’s eligibility, date of end of eligibility, the individual’s payment tier, and his/her potential eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon program. Students will be notified that they are eligible on their Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which will also instruct them to bring the form to the School Certifying Official (SCO) at the school they will be attending. The SCO will certify on the 22-1999 (Enrollment Certification) that the student has been accepted to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

If a student has attended classes at another institution official transcripts are required. Advisors will work with students to create plans of study.