Yellow Ribbon Program Instructions 2011

As those with a U.S. military background probably know, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides significant financial aid opportunities to students who served in the U.S. Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, as well as the dependents of these veterans. More information about the bill’s benefits and eligibility requirements is available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/.

In addition, through an initiative authorized by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, higher education institutions can provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant that is matched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This program, known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, enhances the base tuition benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill for those students that qualify at the 100% level for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

SIPA is happy to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  If you are a qualifying veteran, or the qualifying dependent of a veteran, and you are interested in benefiting from the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must submit an online form for our office to consider.  The online form for SIPA will go live on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. EST.  As stipulated by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important that you complete this form as soon as possible after it goes live.

The link to the form for those interested in the Yellow Ribbon Program will go live on the following site on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. EST:

http://sipa.columbia.edu/resources_services/financial_aid/forms_online.html

I encourage applicants to visit the link now to become familiar with the page and where the Yellow Ribbon link resides.  The link will be on the bottom of the page but it will not activate until the stated time of Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. EST.

For more information about veteran affairs at Columbia more generally, please visit:

www.veteranaffairs.columbia.edu.

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