When it comes time for Military Service Members to start building their service careers, there can be a lot of doubt and uncertainty. Of all the questions you might be asking yourself, “How can I afford a college education?” is likely at the top of that list. Starting the next phase of your life can be stressful, but help is available.

The Yellow Ribbon Program works in conjunction with the Post-9/11 GI Bill®*, making it one of the many federal programs designed for Veterans and other members of the Military community to help them afford educational programs, job training, and other services to assist them in building civilian careers.

This funding is made possible by degree-granting schools that have voluntarily elected to become part of the initiative.

Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits – Eligibility and How it Works1:

The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers the following:

  • Resident tuition & fees for public schools
  • Up to $20,235.02 per academic year (the national maximum)

The program is in addition to the coverage by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. A school who chooses to participate in the program agrees to make additional funds available to you to help cover some of your tuition, in addition to your GI Bill® funding. The list of 2014-2015 participating colleges, which ICDC College is proud to be a part of, can be found on the VA’s website.

The aid creates funding for soldiers, Veterans, caretakers, and others who qualify. To qualify for benefits, recipients must:

  • be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • not be on active duty or be a spouse who is using their transferred entitlement
  • attend a learning institution that is participating in the program

Note: Schools may have a maximum number of slots available for students whose tuition is paid by these benefits. All schools will need to verify and report your enrollment with VA.


Veterans are only able to receive the highest level of benefits allowed to them under the program, and this rate is dependent on their service requirements. However, anyone listed as a transferee may also be entitled to these benefits.

Additional eligibility and requirements for Service Members and Veterans include:

  • having served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty since 9/10/2001
  • receiving an “honorable discharge” from active duty due to a service-connected disability

A dependent may be eligible for a Transfer of Entitlement, provided they meet the above requirements.

How to Apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program:

All applicants, whether they are new or returning, must have an online profile, which can be created through the VA’s website. The VA’s website also contains additional instructions on how to apply for Yellow Ribbon Program aid.

Admissions Representatives in ICDC College’s Military Division are available to discuss qualifications with students, as well as how to help them get started with applying. Call ICDC College at (888) 498-4232 to learn how to begin the application process.

ICDC College’s Commitment to the Military Community:

ICDC College is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and Military Service Members can use this funding for a wide variety of campus and online programs.

For a limited time only, all online students will receive a laptop included with tuition (conditions may apply). With the school’s innovative online learning portal, all coursework is available 24/7, so you can build your education on your own schedule. For students who prefer a traditional ground campus setting, ICDC College offers two convenient locations in Los Angeles.

Interested in using the Yellow Ribbon Program to help get an education at ICDC College? Then pick up the phone and call (888) 926-4232 today! Admissions Representatives from ICDC College’s Military Affairs Division are standing by to help make your career dreams a reality!


*The GI Bill is a registered trademark of the Department of Veterans Affairs, DBA Education Service Agency of the U.S. Government.

ICDC College is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with the GI Bill or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The above information is just a summary. Please visit the GI Bill’s official website for the most current information.

This article contains links to external resources, which are not sponsored, endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with ICDC College.

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