About the Program
Through the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) will pay eligible veterans' tuition for programs
offered by colleges and universities.
Tuition payments are limited to the highest in-state
undergraduate rate at a public institution in the same state.
Tuition at private and graduate schools, and for out-of-state
residents, may exceed the maximum the VA can pay.
The New GI Bill's Yellow Ribbon program provides additional
funds to help cover this excess tuition for veterans who are
eligible for full benefits under the bill.
Participating Yellow Ribbon schools cover up to half of the
difference between the maximum and the actual tuition. The VA
matches the school's contribution, resulting in no out-of-pocket
expenses for the veterans.
Passed during the 2009 session of the West Virginia Legislature,
HB 2335 requires all West Virginia public colleges and universities
to participate fully in the federal Yellow Ribbon program for all
eligible undergraduate veterans at the full contribution level.
The new state law allows out-of-state undergraduate
veterans to attend a West Virginia public institution free of
The VA and the schools will cover the tuition in full. Many West
Virginia private schools also have elected to participate in the
Yellow Ribbon program. The VA's website has complete details about
the federal program at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Interested veterans should contact the admissions office of the
institution they would like to attend. The institution will work
with the veteran and the VA to determine eligibility.