The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the tuition/fee national cap of $19,198.31.

Post 9/11 GI Core Benefit

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is designed to cover the cost of the most expensive public undergraduate tuition and fee for veterans serving 36 months active duty after September 11, 2001. Please refer to the website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about eligibility and benefits.

Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may 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).


Tuition and fees ($19,198.31) are paid directly to the institution of higher education; the book and housing allowances are paid directly to the veteran.

The Yellow Ribbon Supplement (Institutional Support)

The Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) must agree to:

  • Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training in any given academic year;
  • Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance;
  • Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant, scholarship, etc;
  • State the dollar amount that will be contributed for each participant during the academic year. For the 2014-15 academic year, the cap will be $5,000 per year.
  • State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made in any given academic year. For the 2014-2015, the cap is 5 individuals.

More information about the Yellow Ribbon Program is available on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Student Application Policy/Procedures for the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  1. Students should determine eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Yellow Ribbon Program Information website.
  2. Students should apply, if they are eligible, for education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Students should apply for and receive confirmation of admission to Pomona. Students should be sure to make an informed decision concerning their choice of Post-9/11 GI Bill. It is our understanding that there are typically more than one educational benefit choices for individuals with military experience. It is also our understanding that once selected, benefit choices are irrevocable. For information on benefits, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
  4. Eligible students, after receiving an offer admission from Pomona College, should fill out the Request for Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program form [pdf] and, if available, attach their Certificate of Eligibility. Pomona processes the Request for Participation forms on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may scan and e-mail, or fax this form to the Financial Aid Office.
  5. Eligible students must complete the Step 4 (above) and submit confirmation of their eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. Confirmation of eligibility may be in the form of a U.S. Department of Veteran Services Certificate of Eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Failure to submit this confirmation in a timely manner will result in the student's removal from the Yellow Ribbon Program participation list.

Under this commitment, Pomona will:

  • Enable up to 5 Yellow Ribbon Program-qualified veterans to receive benefits for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Yellow Ribbon qualified veterans may receive up to $5,000 per year (per student) from Pomona. Aid from Pomona will be determined by demonstrated financial need through the normal financial aid application process.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs will match at the same amount up to $5,000.

Post 9/11-Yellow Ribbon Benefit for student/veteran enrolled full time for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
*Based upon rates for 2013-14 fiscal year

Fall Semester Tuition/Fee Charges $22,916 Spring Semester Tuition/Fee Charges $22,916
Post 9/11 Tuition Benefit $19,198.31* Post 9/11 Tuition Benefit $0
Pomona College Yellow Ribbon Grant $2,500 Pomona College Yellow Ribbon Grant $2,500
VA Yellow Ribbon Match $2,500 VA Yellow Ribbon Match $2,500