VA Benefits – Yellow Ribbon Program
Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:58 am, Last Updated: January 21, 2014 at 10:52 am
Beginning Fall 2012, all out-of-state undergraduate, graduate, and law students with 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits can participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program at Mason with the exception of active duty members and their spouses. The VA has determined that active duty members and their spouses are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. An unlimited number of eligible students will receive a maximum of $10,000 per academic year ($5000 from Mason + $5000 from VA) in addition to their regular Chapter 33 benefits.
Only out-of-state undergraduate, graduate, and law students with 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefit eligibility may apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program. To be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program, a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) must first be on file in the Office of the University Registrar showing Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility. VA has previously determined that active duty members and spouses of active duty members with Transfer of Entitlement are not eligible. All other dependents with Transfer of Entitlement are eligible.
- Students meeting Mason Yellow Ribbon program criteria must submit to the Office of the University Registrar, if not already on file, a copy of their VA Certificate of Eligibility showing 100% Chapter 33 benefit eligibility and Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (703) 993-2467
- Register for applicable classes in an approved program.
- New students submit an online Veterans Registration Reporting Form (VRRF) indicating Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon: New YR Applicant. Continuing Yellow Ribbon students from previous semesters indicate Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon: Continuing YR Recipient.
Yellow Ribbon Program contributions are provided to an unlimited number of eligible Mason students each academic year. A VRRF cannot be accepted prior to registration and initial submission of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Mason will provide Yellow Ribbon contributions to continuing participants during subsequent academic years in which Mason is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program as long as the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance in their academic program. The combined Yellow Ribbon contribution for any semester cannot exceed the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition charges.