Where can I find more information?

You can find comprehensive information about the Yellow Ribbon program and eligibility requirements on the GI Bill website.

Am I eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

You may be eligible if you have served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months, have been honorably discharged from active duty or for a service related disability with 30 consecutive days after September 10, 2001, or are a dependant eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria.

How many Yellow Ribbon veterans can participate?

The Monterey Institute has agreed to accept up to 75 veterans.  Awards will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Monterey Institute accepts rolling admissions with programs beginning in September and January.

What steps do I take to participate in the Monterey Institute’s Yellow Ribbon program?

Check our admissions requirements and apply for the Master’s program that interests you.

After being admitted, contact our Office of Student Financial Planning to establish your participation in the Yellow Ribbon program while completing the following steps:

  • Apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the Veterans ON-Line APPlication Website (VONAPP)
  • Submit your certificate of eligibility VA letter to the Office of Student Financial Planning
  • Submit copies of transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work completed (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Submit a copy of your registration for the semester in which you are requesting benefits
  • Submit all requested documents by mail or fax to 831-647-6685

  • Will I be eligible for other Monterey Institute scholarships?

    All admitted applicants to the Monterey Institute are considered for merit-based scholarships.  These awards generally range from $4,000 to $14,000.  Since the maximum scholarship offering is less than the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, admitted veterans will be considered for the Yellow Ribbon program first.  Merit scholarships will be forfeited if a student opts to take Yellow Ribbon benefits.

    The Monterey Institute has reserved 50 awards for veterans in our programs.  Admitted veterans who do not receive the Yellow Ribbon funding will receive special consideration for our merit-based scholarships.

    Are there any other fees?

    The Yellow Ribbon program will not cover the Monterey Institute’s activity fees, which are $56 per semester. The veteran will be responsible for these fees.