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Is My Son Eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program If He Is Using Chapter 35?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: The university my son attends offers the Yellow Ribbon Program. Is he eligible for this program under Chapter 35?

A: No he is not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and here is why. The program, while called a program, is really a feature of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, therefore he could only use the Yellow Ribbon Program if he were using the Post 9/11 GI Bill – which he is not.

The Yellow Ribbon program is advantageous for students who are:
• paying out-of-state tuition
• in graduate school or,
• attending private school.

If your son does not fall into any of these three situations, then the Yellow Ribbon Program would not do him any good anyway.

If he were in any of the situations, then under the Yellow Ribbon Program, his school could pay up to 50% of the difference between what his Post 9/11 GI Bill would pay and what his school charges. The VA would pay an equal amount.

But since he is under Chapter 35, all he would get is $987 per month for up to 44 months to go to school full-time and he has to pay all his education-related expenses.

So with that said, I suggest he applies for scholarships and grants as those don’t require repayment.

Also, he should look at any tuition assistance that may be available to him due to him being the son of a disabled veteran. Many of the States offer education financial assistance; he can contact his State Department of Veterans Affairs to see if they have any programs that he may be eligible for.

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