Yellow Ribbon Program

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Since 1865, America’s veterans have chosen Rider University for professional advancement. With the Yellow Ribbon program, our University continues to provide veterans like you with the programs and funding to successfully realize your educational goals.

Tuition Benefits

As a military-friendly university, Rider is dedicated to ensuring you access to our quality education by bridging the financial gap between your benefits as a veteran and the cost of education. 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.

Our Office of Financial Aid also will work with you to identify and apply for other scholarship and financial aid resources for which you might qualify, including the Heart of a Hero Scholarship and Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) scholarships.

For information on Yellow Ribbon eligibility, visit

Tradition of Service 

For 150 years, Rider University has been helping adults respond to the challenges of the times and prepare for the future. Indeed, our first students included veterans of the Civil War seeking job skills to succeed in a rapidly changing national economy.

Academic Excellence

Rider offers a wide range of nationally accredited and innovative undergraduate and graduate programs to help you retool, retrain, revitalize and advance in your current field or new career.

U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review consistently rank Rider among New Jersey’s leading institutions of higher education. Our adult and graduate programs feature a student-centered focus; convenient evening, weekend and online classes; and nationally ranked academic programs.

View the Rider University Veterans & Military Affairs brochure.

You also will receive personalized advisement services for veterans that will:

  • Assist you in identifying the most effective and efficient way to achieve your educational goals;
  • Guide you through the admission process; and
  • Support you throughout the program.

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