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Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veteran’s Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as Post-9/11 GI Bill®. MCAD is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information, check out the GI Bill® Site and Veterans and Dependents Benefits FAQs.

Do I qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

In order to receive Yellow Ribbon benefits, you must:

  • Be accepted for admission to a degree-granting program at MCAD, or be a current student in satisfactory academic standing in a degree-granting program.
  • Be eligible for the full amount (100%) of Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

What costs does the Yellow Ribbon Program cover?

If you qualify for this program, total funding through Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon usually covers the full cost of your tuition and fees, although it is not guaranteed to do so.

The VA provides a maximum tuition and fee (only fees required for all students) benefit of $27,120.05 for the 2023/24 academic year. Under Yellow Ribbon, MCAD voluntarily covers up to 50% of the remaining tuition and fee costs, up to $15,000 for 2023/24. The VA will match the contribution made by MCAD. Payments made by the VA through Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon are sent directly to MCAD and are applied to your student tuition account. Yellow Ribbon funding provided by MCAD will replace some or all the institutional grants and/or scholarships previously awarded.

How do I participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

If you qualify for this program, you must:

  1. Submit a copy of your Certification of Eligibility to MCAD's Financial Aid Office
  2. Submit the Yellow Ribbon Program Application (insert link) to MCAD's Financial Aid Office

Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program by MCAD is evaluated on an annual basis, and the college has the authority to discontinue participation in future years. The college may also revise the number of students it allows into the program each year. Currently there is no limit. Students who withdraw from MCAD are not guaranteed to receive the benefit in future years.

MCAD’s School Certifying Official, Carrie Ramsey, can be contacted at 612.874.3727 or

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at