The Yellow Ribbon Program & AIU Yellow Ribbon Grant

AIU is honored to welcome U.S. military veterans and help them understand and make the most of their education benefits by participating in programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program—as well as offering special military grants and discounts.

About the Yellow Ribbon Program

As part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program helps military veterans pursue life-changing college degrees at significantly reduced cost.

You may be eligible if any of the following are true for you:


  • You served an aggregate period of 36 months in active duty after Sept. 10, 2001
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the service eligibility criteria listed above

AIU is proud to take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program—which has allowed so many of our valued students to grow and expand their careers—and has also established the AIU Yellow Ribbon Grant.

The AIU Yellow Ribbon Grant

In accordance with the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the University has established a Yellow Ribbon Grant.


  • For post-9/11 veterans
  • Covers up to 100% of program costs after GI Bill benefits
  • Available at all campuses

Eligibility for the AIU Yellow Ribbon Grant

To be eligible for the AIU Online Yellow Ribbon Grant, a student must:


  • Be accepted for admission to the University
  • Be eligible for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 veterans benefits at the 100% rate, as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Complete the appropriate University Attestation form
  • Allow for the verification of their Chapter 33 Post-9/11 eligibility via a DD-214 Member-4, or Certificate of Eligibility, or comparable government document

Eligibility and amounts are determined on an annual basis (on or after August 1st) and are subject to change.

Other Military Grants & Discounts


AIU recognizes the service and sacrifice of our military students. We believe that all military service members should have affordable access to a high-quality postsecondary education. That’s why AIU offers reduced tuition and fees for active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members.


In addition to Yellow Ribbon Grant and the financial aid available to all AIU students, we’ve established three grants specifically for active-duty military service members, veterans and their families:

AIU Online Veterans Grant

  • For veterans
  • Up to $1,500
  • Online campus only

AIU Online Military Spouse Grant

  • For spouses of active-duty and drilling servicemembers
  • Up to 10% of program costs
  • Online campus only

Yellow Ribbon Grant

  • For post-9/11 veterans
  • Up to 100% of program costs after GI Bill benefits
  • All campuses

Eligibility for AIU's military grants is determined by your military branch and the Veterans Administration. See the online catalog for full details and conditions.

Other Ways to Save


Get College Credit for Your Military Experience & Training. You can also save time and money on your degree at AIU by receiving prior-learning credit for your past training, experience and coursework.


  • With AIU’s MOS Pledge program you can get maximum credit for your previous military training and experience
  • Receive college credit for previous work or military experience that relates to your degree program
  • On average, 7 out of 10 AIU military students earn transfer credit based on past college and military experience

Military Students at AIU

A Military-Friendly School

At AIU, military students are an essential part of our community. That’s why our faculty and staff go the extra mile to understand the unique needs of our military student body.

How AIU Online Works for Military Student Education