Spotlight on Veterans education benefits: the Yellow Ribbon Program


Yellow Ribbon Program at Granite State College.

For veterans transitioning from military to college, affordability is important. You want to make the most of your hard-earned (and well deserved!) veterans education benefits as a result of your service to our country.

If your service has you stationed in another part of the country and you’re hoping to relocate upon your transition to civilian and college life, you could encounter a financial roadblock: in-state tuition vs. out-of-state tuition. If your legal address is based in a state that’s different from your college of choice, the cost of your education (and the “mileage” you’ll get out of your benefits) can be stretched to the max.

Even though the difference between our in-state and out-state-tuition is nominal, we want to help our veterans bridge this gap. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to help make it happen, which can save you more than $1,500 on your bachelor’s degree at Granite State College.

Chad is a Granite State College student living in Maine. He left the U.S. Army in November 2014 and currently benefits from the Yellow Ribbon Program. He started his search and met with their military representatives. One representative suggested Granite State, saying that it’s a great fit for veterans and has a local campus that’s close to his home in Maine.

Granite State made my transition from military to college a very easy process. After applying to Granite State, I met with the academic advisor Bette Pappa. Bette took over from there. She gave me a list of exactly what I needed to do to get my ducks in a row, as far as using my GI Bill® and getting financial aid. I knew the school was in the Yellow Ribbon Program, because I did some research prior. Everything was taken care of, so I I only needed to focus on my classes.

Chad is now in his third year at Granite State completing his Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a minor in Human Resources.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a result of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This act created an entitlement giving Veterans in-state tuition to any school and access to money to cover some college fees.

If you reside outside New Hampshire there is no additional charge to your G.I. Bill entitlement. There are some requirements that you have to meet in order to take advantage of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Namely, being a Veteran at the 100% benefit level and having served after September 10, 2001. You receive the 100% benefit level after having served three years.

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