VA Benefits

Rhode Island School of Design is fully approved to certify students (veterans or dependents) who are eligible for educational benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In addition, RISD partners with the VA in support of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a subset of the Post 9/11 Benefit Program and students who are receiving Post 9/11 Benefits may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Criteria of eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program for a veteran or a dependent of a veteran include:

  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • Was honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • Is a dependent of a veteran who is eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11   GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

RISD offers up to 25 scholarships of up to $10,000 each in support of the Yellow Ribbon Program. For details on how to apply, visit their webpage by clicking here.

Check the VA website for more detailed information on your benefits.

Enrollment certification for VA benefits

E-mail the School Certifying Official, Michael Orlandi, at Students are required to submit a Student Veteran Certification Worksheet for each term (Fall, Wintersession, and Spring) along with an up-to-date Certificate of Eligibility that they wish to use their VA Education benefits.

Below is a five minute video on veterans attending college in the state of Rhode Island:


*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