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Yellow Ribbon Program

Oklahoma City University is a Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) university - If VA eligibility requirements are met, the YRP adds up to an additional $22,610 to the Post 9/11 VA Education Benefits annual benefit. You can afford an excellent education at a private university.

Getting Started

As an honorably discharged veteran, you may have extensive Veteran's Administration (VA) benefits to use for your education.

  • Our Veteran's Service Office will assist you with getting your VA benefits started, and work with you to keep them each semester.
  • OCU will complete an assessment of any transfer credit from previous colleges or military training so you have a roadmap of what you need to complete to obtain your degree.
  • Additional scholarships may be available - More than 90% of our students receive financial aid.
  • Our goal is to make your transition to OCU as smooth as possible and to assist in every way.

For further information you can contact Angela Do, Associate Registrar and VA School Certifying Official, at (405) 208-5352 or [email protected].

Apply to the Yellow Ribbon Program

Benefits of the Yellow Ribbon Program

(courtesy of benefits.va.gov)

The GI Bill® will pay you:

  • All resident tuition & fees for a public school.
  • The lower of the actual tuition & fees or the national maximum per academic year for a private school.

Your actual tuition & fees costs may exceed these amounts if you are attending a private school or are attending a public school as a nonresident student.

Institutions of Higher Learning (Degree Granting Institutions) may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

Degree-granting institutions of higher learning participating in the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program agree to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.


To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program you must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the GI Bill.

This includes:

  • Those who served 36 months (may be aggregate) on active duty.
  • Purple Heart recipients with an honorable discharge and any amount of service.
  • Those discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • Children using transferred benefits.
  • Children using transferred benefits if their service member transferor is at the 100 percent level (36 months served).
  • Effective August 1, 2022, service members at the 100 percent level and transferee spouses whose transferor is at the 100 percent level.
  • Yellow Ribbon benefits start after Chapter 33 annual cap is reached - up to
    1. Undergraduates - $11,305.00 from OCU and up to $11,305.00 VA match.
    2. Graduates - $7,015.00 from OCU and up to $7,015.00 VA match.
    3. Doctoral and Law Students - $6,000.00 from OCU and up to $6,000.00 VA match.

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


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