Yellow Ribbon Program

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition.

If a student enrolls at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition, additional funds may be available for their education program without an additional charge to their entitlement. 

These additional funds give eligible veterans access to undergraduate and graduate programs at private universities that were not previously available. The program became effective August 1, 2009.

For additional information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website or the Yellow Ribbon Program FAQ.

Yellow Ribbon Eligibility Requirements

Individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate may receive this funding. You may be eligible if you:

  • Have served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • 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.

There is no minimum number of credit hours required for participation and awards will continue in subsequent years in which the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct and attendance.

You should know

  • Trinity is located in downtown Everett, near the naval base
  • We accept transfer and military credits
  • The Yellow Ribbon Program, through the Post 9/11 GI bill, covers your educational expenses
  • We welcome your questions about the college and application process, call 1.800.843.5659
  • We can arrange for you to talk to a currently enrolled veteran

Application Process

Step 1: If eligible, students should apply for benefits under the Post – 9/11 GI Bill with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Step 2: Apply online for admission to Trinity Lutheran College.

Step 3: Upon acceptance to Trinity, forward your Certificate of Eligibility to the Financial Aid Office to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.