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The Yellow Ribbon Program

Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served their country for at least three years following 9/11 can earn their bachelor's or master's degree, or a professional certificate at Rider tuition-free.  The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional support in those situations. Rider University voluntarily enters into an agreement with VA to fund uncovered charges. The VA and Rider each contribute 50% of all unmatched charges, up to the total cost of the tuition and fees. For Frequently Asked Questions about the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit this page.

Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate or their designated transferees can receive this funding. Active duty Servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty Servicemembers may be eligible if the servicemember is qualified at the 100% rate). 


Veterans, reservists, and dependents are separated into different categories or “chapters” that define eligibility requirements and determine benefits.  Read more about the various chapters to determine which one may apply to you.


The Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Institutions of higher learning participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program may make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

The NEW Forever GI Bill enhances or expands education benefits for Veterans, Servicemembers, Families and Survivors. Download the Summary of Changes.


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