UCI Veteran Services Center

Yellow Ribbon Program

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Update: UCI is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. However, with the passing of the Isakson and Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, military-connected students who are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will no longer need to be awarded Yellow Ribbon as they will be charged in-state tuition.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the United States (U.S.) to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses. Participating schools pledge to cover a percentage of the remaining expenses not met by the Bill and the VA will match that percentage dollar for dollar. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses not met by the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

More detailed information may be found at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.

Paul Merage School of Business

The Paul Merage School of Business participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for some master programs. In order to qualify you must:

  • Have 100% eligibility for Post 9/11
  • Be enrolled in one of these programs to participate:
    • Full-Time MBA
    • Master of Science in Engineering Management
    • Master of Science in Biotechnology Management

For more information, please contact the Paul Merage School of Business.

School of Law

The UC Irvine School of Law is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and will provide funding for any gap in tuition and fees not already covered by the VA or other sources. Total aid including Yellow Ribbon Program awards may not exceed the total cost of tuition and fees.

Under the program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will allow UCI Law to assist non-resident students with $5,000 of their non-resident tuition. Applicants will be considered and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and only 10 awards of up to $5,000 each will be made for each academic year, including participants carried over from the previous year. If chosen, the award is renewable for two more years as long as the eligibility requirements are met each year.

To apply for Yellow Ribbon benefits at UC Irvine School of Law, an applicant must:

  1. Be admitted to UC Irvine School of Law
  2. Have 100% of his/her benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program®
  3. Submit an application to the School of Law Financial Aid Office.

For more information, please contact the UC Irvine School of Law