The Yellow Ribbon Program allows high-tuition colleges to offer free or discounted education to veterans despite the limitation of annual tuition disbursements.
Students eagerly wait for a list to be released with the colleges that are participating in this program, especially with the recent release of the application for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Universities typically do enrollment for their fall semester early in the summer, and competitive colleges have already taken applications for admission.
Despite the time constraints surrounding the upcoming fall semester, the list for Yellow Ribbon participaters has a month to go; on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ official Yellow Ribbon page, they promise to provide a list of participating schools by June 1st.
Part of the reason behind the delay is that colleges must go through the rigorous process of applying for the Yellow Ribbon Program, just as students are currently going through the process of applying for their Post 9/11 GI Bill; and many colleges have expressed concern with the program due to the economic crisis. These are heavy decisions that are in the middle of being weighed.
Many accredited colleges are now approved as Yellow Ribbon Program schools and are offering massive tuition discounts to their military students. Yellow Ribbon schools offer financial aid that is essentially a type of grant wherein the Yellow Ribbon school agrees to split some amount of your education costs that are not already covered by GI Bill benefits with the United States Government. In certain cases, this can mean that you don’t have to pay a dime for your degree, though that depends on how much tuition your school is willing to cover.
In the interests of helping our visitors find the country’s best military friendly college degree programs, we have compiled a list of the 25 Best Colleges for Military Students. Some of these colleges are Yellow Ribbon Program participating schools that offer military scholarships, grants and tuition discounts or other benefits programs designed specifically for military students who qualify for the programs.
Top schools were also selected for availability of flexible courses, open enrollment, and online or distance learning programs. All of the schools making our list are fully accredited, providing high quality education including Certificates, Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degree Programs.
You can rest assured that these schools know how to take care of and assist the specific needs of military students, so don’t be afraid to contact them for additional information. Most of them have educational advisors trained specifically to support the needs of military students, so make sure to ask them questions about your military benefits to find out how much tuition you’ll need to cover yourself (if any!).
We suggest that you start your college degree program research by contacting the schools on our list, but if you’re looking to expand your search to other colleges and universities, feel free to take advantage of the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program School Finder, then please visit our state-by-state list of Yellow Ribbon Program participating schools found below.
To access our list of the Top 25 Military Friendly Colleges, please visit the following page: http://www.veteransadvisor.com/2010/12/15/top-25-military-colleges-for-2011/