Yellow Ribbon Program
Westminster College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, an agreement between higher education institutions and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.
Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the VA and Westminster will cover most, if not all, of the cost of tuition and fees for eligible veterans who meet admissions standards of the college. Westminster can support up to 100 veterans per year under this program (75 undergraduates and 25 graduate students).
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For students attending private colleges like Westminster, the program allows the VA to cover the cost of 50 percent of the difference between the cost of the approved rate for Utah and the college’s tuition, and Westminster will pay the other 50 percent.
Yellow ribbon program description
There is no application to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, but your certificate of eligibility will state that you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
• Westminster contributes up to $10,185 for undergraduate students and up to $9,185 for graduate students for the Yellow Ribbon Program each academic year. The VA matches Westminster’s contributions.
• If the Veteran has transferred his/her benefits to their spouse and the Veteran is on active duty, the spouse is ineligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and the monthly housing stipend. The spouse is only eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill cap, as well as the book stipend. If the Veteran is no longer on active duty, the spouse is eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program and the monthly housing stipend.
• If the Veteran has transferred his/her entitlement to a child, the child is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and the monthly housing stipend, regardless if the Veteran is on active duty or not.
• Per Westminster’s policy, flight students are not eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to cover their flight costs, even if they are at a 100% entitlement level.
• Yellow Ribbon Program funding can only be applied towards tuition and fees.
• Below is an example of what a financial aid award would look like for an undergraduate Veteran using the Post 911 GI Bill with 100% entitlement and Yellow Ribbon eligibility:
All Veterans must follow Westminster’s Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress. All students must complete at least 70% of their courses and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to maintain any type of financial aid, including military benefits.