Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  1. Complete all requirements for admission to the University as a degree-seeking student or as a transient student with an approved formal degree plan from another university.
  2. Eligibility for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 veteran benefits at the 100% rate (as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs). Chapter 33 Post 9/11 100% rate eligibility must be verified by the DD-214 Member-4 and Certificate of Eligibility (provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs).

Note: According to VA, Active Duty Service members and their spouses are not eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

This program allows UMHB to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual cap for private institutions. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Because of our Yellow Ribbon matching grant, merit and institutional based scholarships will no longer be awarded and previously awarded merit and institutional based scholarships will be cancelled. However, as noted above, tuition and mandatory fees will be covered through a combination of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®, Yellow Ribbon, and UMHB.

Conditions are as follows:

  1. The Yellow Ribbon Grant is applied as a credit to the student’s account, and no cash and/or check payments will be awarded to the student.
  2. The Yellow Ribbon Grant is used exclusively towards prior or current program charges.
  3. The Yellow Ribbon Grant is awarded for each period in the program that the student is determined eligible and where the grant is needed.