What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

 

Who is Eligible?

Veterans Affairs sets the guidelines as only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. 

Therefore, you may be eligible if:

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

For more information visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

 

How Do I Apply?

  1. Determine your eligibility by visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Check Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits eligibility.
  2. Apply, if eligible, for education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Apply to the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management on the Claremont Graduate University (CGU) website. See below for more details on the Drucker School’s programs and application requirements.
  4. There is more than one educational benefit choice for individuals who are serving/have served in the military. Once selected, benefit choices are irrevocable.  Please check with your VA when choosing your Post-9-11 GI Bill benefits.
  5. Students must submit confirmation of their eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program to the CGU VA Benefits Certifying Official prior to the beginning of the student's academic coursework. Such confirmation most likely will be in the form of a U.S. Department of Veteran Services Certificate of Eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

 

How Do I Apply to The Drucker School?

Apply to the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management online.

The following elements must be included with your application:

  1. A completed and signed application for admission (this may be submitted online)
  2. A non-refundable $60 application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  4. An official GMAT score report sent directly from ETS, the Educational Testing Service (for MBA program applicants only; GMAT not required for Executive Management Program applicants)
  5. Resume
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Personal statement

 

What Will Drucker Contribute?

  • Up to $7,000 per year, depending on number of years of service, units taken, and merit.

 

How Do I Receive Benefits?

  • Enrolled CGU students who qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program will be eligible to participate
  • Students eligible will be admitted to the University through the usual admissions process
  • Yellow Ribbon qualified students will need to complete an application form

 

More information about the Yellow Ribbon Program is available on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website: www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Yellow_ribbon.htm.

 

About the Yellow Ribbon Program

In 2008, the GI Bill was updated with enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, giving veterans with active duty service on, or after, September 11 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses, provide a living allowance, money for books and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children.  The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

The Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) must agree to:
  1. Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training in any given academic year;
  2. Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the IHL is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance;
  3. Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant, scholarship, etc;
  4. State the dollar amount that will be contributed for each participant during the academic year;
  5. State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made in any given academic year.
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