The Yellow Ribbon Program

Union College has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) since August 1, 2009. A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the program provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers tuition and fees not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning. The Yellow Ribbon Program will match tuition and fees in excess of the portion funded by the GI Bill which are waived by Union College.

This program is available for those applying to undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Union's main campus.

Yellow Ribbon Eligibility Requirements:
  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • Are dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

There is no minimum number of credit hours required for participation and awards will continue in subsequent years in which the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance.

Yellow Ribbon Benefits:

Union College Tuition


Less: Post-9/11 GI Bill


Less: Union College Yellow Ribbon Program Waiver


Less: VA Yellow Ribbon Program Match


Remaining Student Obligation


The Yellow Ribbon Program covers tuition and mandatory fees (fees are not reflected in above example – GI Bill offers a fee allocation of $3,646) and does not include room and board or books and supplies which are provided for separately under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. These benefits will replace merit scholarships awarded at the time of acceptance.

Application Process:

If eligible, students should apply for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the Department of Veterans Affairs upon acceptance. Please forward your Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar, Mrs. Kathy Inkster, to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website or the Yellow Ribbon Program FAQ for additional information.

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Waiver or the GI Bill, you can call or e-mail Kathy Inkster, Registrar at (606) 546-1616.