Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Point Loma Nazarene University will match up to $7,500 of remaining tuition and fees charged after the primary Chapter 33 tuition benefit has been certified and verified by VA. Amounts and number of awards are dependent on available funds for each Academic Year and are not guaranteed to applicants until the final budget is approved by the Board of Directors. Award decisions will be made in writing to the eligible students.

After consulting with the VA and determining your maximum eligibility rate, only those with a 100% benefit rate may receive this funding. Therefore, a student may be eligible if:

  • They are 100% eligible for Chapter 13 Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • They 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.
  • They are accepted for admission at PLNU for the upcoming Academic Year, they are an applied student or they are in good academic standing as a returning student; applied and returning students must be registered as a full time student at the time the award is disbursed.

PLNU Yellow Ribbon Grants will be awarded on a first come-first served basis, determined by the date and time of receipt of all completed application requirements to the SFS office:

  • A completed and signed PLNU Yellow Ribbon Program Grant Application
  • A valid Certificate of Eligibility from the Veteran’s Administration certifying 100% eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • New students: Documentation confirming acceptance to PLNU for the upcoming Academic Year OR
  • Returning Students: Documentation confirming status as a student in good academic standing for the current academic year (a Student Verification Form which is available from the Office of Records).

If you believe that you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, please contact the SFS Office to be added to the Interest List for the next academic school year.


To fill out a 2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Program Application click here.  We may still have spots available.

Yellow Ribbon Program monies are only awarded in the spring term. At this time, your Post 9/11 GI BILL and Yellow Ribbon Program monies will cover 100% of your fall and spring semester tuition and fee charges.