The Yellow Ribbon Program
Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are entitled to the maximum benefits level under Chapter 33 (based on service requirements) 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. View Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty Service members may be eligible if the service member 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.
- CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
- Apply or Update your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
- Permission to Certify form (PDF)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33
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.
- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 1607
- Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) Chapter 1606
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance Program (DEA) Chapter 35
- National Call to Service Program
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Chapter 32
- Tuition Assistance
- Vocational Rehabilitation Chapter 31