What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Sweet Briar College is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an initiative designed to help post-9/11-era veterans or their dependents attend the college of their choice.

Who qualifies for Yellow Ribbon?
Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Based on Department of Veterans Affairs rules, active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program; however, child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate. You may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty of at least 36 months after Sept. 10, 2001
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after Sept. 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

How does the Yellow Ribbon Program help me?
If you are enrolled at a private institution, graduate school, or attending an out-of-state school, you may have tuition and fees that exceed the maximum benefit of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. If your institution participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement.

Institutions which voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. Veterans Administration will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution.

How do I apply for benefits?
For students who are determined by the Department of Veterans Administrations to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/index.html to apply for eligibility.

Determining Eligibility
Members of the military should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to determine individual eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Once eligibility has been determined by Veterans Administration, a qualifying individual should present the appropriate certificate of eligibility to Sweet Briar College. As soon as Sweet Briar has received the appropriate certificate of eligibility and the eligible student has been accepted for admission, Sweet Briar will help facilitate appropriate next steps.

Eligible students who plan on using Yellow Ribbon Program benefits at Sweet Briar College should notify the Admissions Office at the time of application for admission. For more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit the Veterans Administration website or call (888) 442-4551 to speak with a veterans benefits counselor. If you have questions about the Yellow Ribbon Program at Sweet Briar, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@sbc.edu or (434) 381-6179.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government website: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill