In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) introduced the Post-9/11 GI Bill, an initiative to improve the quality of education and life of our nation’s Veterans. As an important part of the new GI Bill, VA also introduced the Yellow Ribbon Program; a way for Veterans and their dependents to attend institutions that exceed the standard payable rates under the Bill.
Students who qualify may receive benefits under the following GI benefit programs:
1. The Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.
Effective August 1, 2014 the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay up to $20,235 per academic year for private school tuition and fees.
2. Yellow Ribbon Program
Degree Granting Institutions may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. There is no separate application process for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students are reviewed once they have exhausted their maximum benefit rate of 100% during the academic year.
Marymount Manhattan College has voluntarily entered into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA for up to 10 participants in the program at a maximum of up to $2,000 in an academic year. The VA will match Marymount Manhattan College funds awarded to the student, up to $2,000. This is in addition to the GI Bill entitlement funds being received. The VA will issue payments directly to the College for these matching funds.
To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:
- You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate of 100% under the Post-9/11 GI Bill;
- You must not be on active duty or a spouse transferee of an
- active duty member
- Your school must agree to participate in the Yellow Program;
- Your school must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in their participation agreement;
- Your school must certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information.
How Do I Apply for Benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill?
Answer: You should complete and submit the application form available online at http://gibill.va.gov and will receive written notification explaining the VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program.
If you are eligible, your Certificate of Eligibility will advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility to the Center for Student Services and ask our VA Liaison to certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon. You cannot certify your participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program directly to the VA. The College must report this information on your enrollment certification. Please remember that you must be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
3. The Montgomery GI Bill
Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Active Duty, called “MGIB” for short. The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans for college. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
4. Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
5. Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001are either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
6. Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Summary of Benefits
VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available. Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.
7. War Orphans or Armed Services Benefits
Students who are dependents of a veteran who died or who is permanently disabled as a result of military duty, are between the ages of 18 and 26, and are enrolled on a full time basis may be eligible for educational benefits.
Additional information pertaining to the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010” and other Veterans benefits can be found at www.gibill.va.gov.