Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Concordia University, Nebraska is pleased to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, offering qualified veterans the ability to attend for free.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is an additional benefit under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The base benefit of the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers the highest in-state tuition and fees at a public institution in each state. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, Concordia and the Veterans Administration each cover half of the additional cost of a private institution or out-of-state tuition, resulting in no out-of-pocket expenses for the veteran.

Those in Concordia's undergraduate or graduate programs may qualify, and Concordia has not set a limit on the number of veterans who may enroll and be a part of the program. Each year that the student maintains appropriate academic and student standing, benefits may continue.

Effective August 1, 2017:  Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit capped at $22,805.34 annually

A sample of an undergraduate, degree completion and graduate student’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon benefits for the 2017-18 academic year:

  Undergraduate Degree Completion Graduate

Concordia University, Nebraska Tuition and Fees*

$31,060 16-17

$12,450 16-17

$7,650 16-17

Post-9/11 GI Bill Base Benefits

($22,805.34)

($21,805.34)

($21,805.34)

Concordia Yellow Ribbon Grant

($4,127.33)

$0

$0

VA Yellow Ribbon Program Match

($4,127.33)

$0

$0

Student Tuition Obligation

$0

$0

$0

*Undergraduate tuition and fees based on full-time enrollment and Degree Completion and Graduate tuition rates may vary based on chosen program.
Degree Completion tuition based on 30 hours for fall, spring and summer.
Graduate tuition based on 18 hours for fall, spring and summer.

Visit the VA’s pages provided by the link below for details on eligibility.

Since Yellow Ribbon Program benefits fully cover the cost of tuition, they will replace any merit scholarships earned by the student.

Room, Board, Books and Supplies

Room, board, books and supplies are provided for separately under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Please see the VA site for more details.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

You may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 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 Sept. 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.
Veterans may be eligible under multiple educational benefit programs and are encouraged to evaluate all of their options before choosing which program to enroll in. See the VA benefit comparison page on the VA site for more information.

Application process:

Once a service member has applied for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs, they will receive their Certificate of Eligibility and notice of their qualification to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
NOTE: If you are a dependent or spouse of a Veteran who qualifies for benefits, you will first need benefits transferred to you through the Transfer of Eligibility process on the VA website before you will be able to apply for benefits and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility in your name.

A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted to the school’s Certifying Official, located in the Student Success Center, Janzow 204 for acceptance into the Yellow Ribbon Program at Concordia University, Nebraska.

Students must be accepted to Concordia through the standard admission procedures.

For additional details, including an application, visit the VA's Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and the Yellow Ribbon Program pages.