Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help students avoid up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit. The bill, updated in June 2008, allows veterans and other qualified military personnel to obtain a benefit equal to the most expensive public campus tuition in a given state. The Yellow Ribbon Program then bridges the tuition gap between what the current GI Bill provides and what a private college’s fees are, should you choose to go to a private college.  At JIU Yellow Ribbon funding is not necessary for our undergraduate programs, but those students enrolled in our Graduate and Doctorate level education are eligible to receive funding.

Eligibility requirements for The Yellow Ribbon Program are:

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

Veterans should first talk to their Veterans Administration representatives about the Yellow Ribbon Program before contacting JIU’s Veterans Certifying Official Sonovia Duncan at 800-811-5663 ext. 8493. Veterans are also encouraged to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to answer more specific or personal questions at 1-888-GIBILL-1.