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At Briar Cliff, we are a proud partner of the Yellow Ribbon program for eligible military veterans and dependents. We also accept all chapters of military benefits and all state programs such as National Guard Education Assistance and Army/Air Force Tuition Assistance, and we participate in the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Interested military students must reach out to their base and contact their ESO to verify their qualifications for these programs.


How does the Yellow Ribbon program work?


Our Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the Veterans Association (VA) means we agree that 100 percent of your tuition and fees will be paid for between your Post-9/11 GI Bill and Briar Cliff University’s Yellow Ribbon matching program. In 2018-19 the tuition and fees comp award to full-time student was $29,796.


Who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program? You may be eligible if: 



  • You served at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001.

  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability, and served at least 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.

  • You are a dependent eligible for "Transfer Entitlement" under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.


Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive Yellow Ribbon funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100-percent rate). 


Other Military Aid Benefit Options


If you served on Active Duty: You might be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after Sept. 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


If you are currently serving in the military: You may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. See the education officer in your unit for your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your service prior to enrolling. Degree completion students who are active duty military will receive reduced tuition rates at Briar Cliff University. In 2017-18 the discounts totaled $285/credit hour.


If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty: If having Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance form the Department of Defense for education, training and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.


If you are the spouse or child of a service member: You may be eligible for transfer of the service member’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you.


Briar Cliff also offers State and Federal Student Aid programs such as Iowa Tuition Grant, Pell Grant, Stafford Loans and Work Study that you or your dependent can layer on top of your military tuition benefits. Contact us to learn more about eligibility and how these programs will work for you or your qualifying dependent.