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Yellow Ribbon Program

As part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Rensselaer is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • 75 total Yellow Ribbon Program scholarships available.

  • Scholarship of up to $35,000.00 per year (matched by the VA).

  • Scholarships provided on a first-come, first served basis based on enrollment deposit date for applicants who self-identify as Yellow Ribbon eligible.

Veterans Applying to Rensselaer

1. Determine if you should apply as a transfer or first-year student.

2. Submit your application and required materials before the appropriate deadline for either transfer or first-year freshman admission.

We encourage students to apply electronically.

The Institute will waive application fees and expedite the application process for veterans.

The Division of Enrollment will permit unofficial documents to be used to begin the admissions process. These can include transcripts, test scores, and government documents—official documents must be sent to Rensselaer prior to a veteran’s enrollment as a student.

All application materials should be sent to:

Rensselaer Admissions
Undergraduate Programs
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, New York 12180-3590

3. Apply for VA Educational Benefits.

Once you have applied for your benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility which you will need to submit to Casey Redden, the School Certifying Official, who can be contacted at  or (518) 276-6996.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Whalen, Veterans’ Admissions Coordinator, at or (518) 276-8401.

For more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon program, visit

In addition to participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Rensselaer students have received various VA benefits available to them, including the Montgomery GI Bill, the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program, the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Rensselaer is committed to providing outstanding educational resources and opportunities for U.S. veterans.

Congress passed the Post-9/11 GI Bill to help participants pay for private colleges, public institutions, as well as other educational programs. At Rensselaer, qualified applicants may be able to attend the university at little or no cost.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 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. The level of eligibility (50%-100%) is based on the actual numbers of days on active duty. In addition, under certain circumstances, veterans may transfer some or all of their benefits to eligible dependents. Additional details can be found on the GI Bill Website.

Benefit Summary

Some of the benefits available to veterans eligible at the 100% level include payments for:

  • Tuition and fees—up to a maximum of $21,970.46 for 2016 academic year (8/1/16 – 7/31/17).
  • A monthly housing allowance—generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents and based on the zipcode for the school.
  • A book stipend—up to $1000 paid proportionately based on enrollment & eligibility level.

Veterans eligible for benefits at less than the 100% level receive prorated amounts for the above benefits.

Students receiving VA benefits may also qualify for federal grant, loans, and work-study programs. A veteran not qualifying for the Yellow Ribbon program will be considered for all Rensselaer financial aid programs for which the individual meets eligibility requirements. 

Yellow Ribbon recipients receive up to $35,000 annually in a grant matched by the VA, but are not eligible to receive other Rensselaer based scholarship or grant aid.

Yellow Ribbon Program

To help cover any remaining tuition or fee charges not covered by the program’s annual maximum, Rensselaer participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under which qualified applicants can receive an additional designated scholarship that will be matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • We offer a Yellow Ribbon Scholarship of up to $35,000 per year to a maximum of 75 total students in the program.
  • Within the 75 student maximum, the scholarship is provided on a first come, first served basis, on the order of enrollment deposit date for students who self-identify as Yellow Ribbon eligible on their application for admission. Students who do not indicate that they may be eligible, or who become eligible after program capacity is reached, will be placed on a waitlist for the scholarship.
  • To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, applicants must be eligible at the 100% eligibility level.
  • Yellow Ribbon recipients receive up to $35,000 annually in a grant matched by the VA, but are not eligible to receive other Rensselaer based scholarship or grant aid.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Additional details can be found on the GI Bill® Website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Other Useful Resources

To assist veterans in understanding higher education costs, financial aid, and other useful information the Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has developed the following tools:

  • College Scorecard: A consumer planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.
  • College Navigator: Provides school information including tuition and fees, retention rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost comparison tool.
  • Financial Aid Shopping Sheet: Provides a model aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.
  • Paying for College: A web page that can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information.
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