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The Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program at MICA

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the Post 9/11 GI Bill) in which educational institutions provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant matched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The VA will match each additional dollar that an institution of higher learning contributes toward an eligible student's tuition costs, up to 50 percent of the difference between the tuition and fees covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the total cost of tuition and fees. 

MICA is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans.

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Eligibility

Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding.  Fry Scholarship recipients and 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).

The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33, exists for out of state students to help cover some of the costs not paid under Chapter 33.  MICA and the VA will provide a matching grant to cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees.  If the VA notifies MICA that you do not have a full semester worth of Yellow Ribbon entitlement, you will only receive a prorated amount of the tuition and fee grant and you will not receive matching grants from the VA or MICA.  Yellow Ribbon funding, with its corresponding MICA grant and match from the VA replaces any previously awarded MICA sponsored grants and/or scholarships.  Returning students may still be eligible to compete for the Returning Competitive scholarship.

You may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program if:

  • You are either a current full-time undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing or be accepted for full-time admission at MICA.
  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

Complete information concerning eligibility requirements for veterans, eligible spouses or dependents, how to apply, and payment rate information is available on the Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.gibill.va.gov or by calling the toll-free number 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor.  Additionally, the Yellow Ribbon Program FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section on the GI Bill website may also be helpful.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship amends the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) that makes education benefits available to the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. 

Eligible Children:

  • May be married or over 23 and still be eligible
  • Are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • Have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on your 18th birthday
  • May use the benefit until your 33rd birthday
  • Are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program

Students applying for this benefit should complete VA Form 22-5490 (Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance).  Students using the Fry Scholarship will be certified as Chapter 33 applicants.