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. For GI Bill students, our tuition policy complies with 38 USC 3679 (e) which means a GI Bill student will not be charged or otherwise penalized due to a delay in the VA tuition and fee payments.

Yellow Ribbon Program®

RISD is pleased to participate in the Post 9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides additional financial assistance to veterans who qualify for 100% of Post-9/11 GI Bill® educational benefits.

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 provides scholarship assistance in the amount of $10,000, which is matched by the federal government for a total of $20,000. Participation is limited to 25 veterans, with Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations stipulating that assistance be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To be considered for this program you must provide a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon to RISD. Qualified students seeking assistance for the upcoming academic year can begin submitting certificates on May 1; application materials submitted prior to May 1 are not accepted.

Please note: Scholarship assistance cannot exceed tuition and fees from all sources. If an applicant receives scholarship assistance from RISD, $10,000 of this scholarship amount will be designated as the Yellow Ribbon match. If the total of scholarship assistance from RISD, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and Chapter 33 benefits exceed tuition and fees, the scholarship assistance offered by RISD will be reduced commensurately.

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

Enrollment certification for VA benefits

Students utilizing GI Bill benefits must submit a Certificate of Eligibility (C.O.E.) before the fall semester of each attending year.

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