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Yellow Ribbon

 Yellow Ribbon Information

Schools that choose to participate in this VA program agree to contribute to the gap in tuition and fees that occurs when students are being charged non-resident tuition and fees at public institutions, or when tuition and fees exceed the maximum amount payable at private institutions. 

You may qualify for this program if you and your school meet the requirements listed below.

You must qualify for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

To qualify, at least one of these must be true. You:

  • Served at least 36 months on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service), or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • Received a Fry Scholarship on or after August 1, 2018, or
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break) on or after September 11, 2001, and were discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability, or
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a Veteran or a service member who has served for at least 36 months on active duty and qualifies at the 100% level, or
    Find out about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
  • Are receiving the Fry Scholarship (beginning August 1, 2018)
    Learn more about the Fry Scholarship
  • At this time, you’re not eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you’re an active-duty service member or the spouse of an active-duty service member. But, as of August 1, 2022, you may become eligible if you’re an active-duty service member who qualifies at the 100% level, or the spouse using the transferred benefits of an active-duty service member who qualifies at the 100% level.
  • Any benefit other than Chapter 33 Post 9/11 at 100% benefit level.

Yes, those that are ineligible for Yellow Ribbon can still use their GI Bill here at MSU Denver. If you are less than 100% eligible for Post 9/11 the VA will pay your eligibility level for Tuition and Fees, Monthly Housing and Book stipend. 

100% Post 9/11 GI Bill students that are classified as non-resident students for tuition purposes will benefit from Yellow Ribbon. This would most likely be children of service members or veterans whom are using Transferred Post 9/11 Benefits (TOE) or Fry Scholarship Recipients

The Post 9/11 GI Bill can only pay the resident tuition and fee rate which would leave a balance on the account of non-resident students. Yellow Ribbon would help to reduce this gap. 

All Veterans and many of their dependents will qualify for resident tuition and fees via Federal and State Laws, thus eliminating the need for Yellow Ribbon. For more information about residency please check the Admissions Residency website, 

Until fiurther notice our Yellow Ribbon agreement is to contribute 50% of the out of state charges for any eligible individual and the VA will match this contribution, covering the out of state gap that Post 9/11 GI Bill does not pay for. 

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