Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

New York Institute of Technology is proud to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. The program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for the current 2021–2022 school year (as of August 1, 2021) that exceed either the $26,042.81 cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The participating educational institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses, and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Students must be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at the 100 percent rate to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements to receive Veteran Benefits, including Yellow Ribbon Program funds.

Specific eligibility requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program may be found online.

Eligible students fit the criteria as follows:

  • 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-related disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • Are dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® based on service under the eligibility criteria listed above

Students who wish to be considered should complete and submit an application form available online. The VA will inform students via written notification with an explanation of its decision on program eligibility. If approved, students will receive a Certificate of Eligibility confirming their service meets the requirements of the Yellow Ribbon Program. All Certificates of Eligibility should be presented to the Office of the Registrar for NYIT’s records. The Certificate of Eligibility does not guarantee Yellow Ribbon funding as the availability of annual funds for NYIT’s Yellow Ribbon Program is limited. Student eligibility is determined by the college’s veteran certifying officer. In accordance with institutional funding parameters for the 2020–2021 year, Yellow Ribbon funds are awarded and applicable for the fall/spring/summer semesters. Students have the responsibility to request, complete and submit all forms with necessary documentation for all financial aid programs in a timely manner.

Duplicative Benefits

The combined tuition benefits available to a student cannot exceed the student’s total tuition costs. Tuition payments received by a student under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33 veteran benefits) and Yellow Ribbon Program are considered duplicative of any VTA and/or TAP award. Students receiving tuition assistance through these programs may, and in most cases will, have their state VTA and/or TAP payment reduced or denied due to these other benefits; however, payments received under the Montgomery GI Bill® do not duplicate the purpose of the VTA and/or TAP.

For more information on selection criteria for NYIT’s Yellow Ribbon Program, contact the Office of the Registrar at 516.686.7580 or