The Yellow Ribbon Program


The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the in-state tuition and fees of public institutions or the amount payable to private institutions in an academic year. Each year, institutions can enter into an agreement or adjust an agreement to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Therefore, the rates and maximums for the Yellow Ribbon Program can change from year-to-year.

Georgetown University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, enhancing financial access for student veterans.  The Yellow Ribbon Program is structured to take effect once an eligible participant has met the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year. Once the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum has been met, depending on the academic school the participant is enrolled in, the school will contribute Yellow Ribbon Program funding and is also matched by the VA up to the dollar amount specified by the academic program. Academic schools that have a limit to the number of students who can participate in the program are accepted into the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come-first serve basis.

The VA specifies that Yellow Ribbon Program participants must be 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, not on active duty or the spouse of someone on active duty, enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and will accrue a total of tuition and fees amount that is more than the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year. An academic year starts on August 1 and ends July 31. 

Eligible students enrolled in the McDonough School of Business graduate programs can request to participate in the 2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Program here

Eligible students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Health Studies graduate programs can request to participate in 2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Program here.

Georgetown Law Yellow Ribbon Program inquires can be directed to and School of Medicine Yellow Ribbon Program inquiries can be directed to either Mr. John Hammett or Ms. Margarita Abaunza.

All other inquiries can be directed to the Georgetown Veterans Office

We anticipate the 2017-2018 Yellow Ribbon Program contract to be finalized in late May or early June 2017. Please continue to check back for information updates.  

2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Agreement Details

Academic School Rate Max No. of Students
Undergraduate (Includes Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Foreign Service) $5,000 No Limit
School of Continuing Studies (Undergraduate) $20,000 No Limit
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences $2,500 No Limit

Graduate Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

$5,000 No Limit

Graduate School of Nursing and Health Studies

$20,000 20
McCourt School of Public Policy (Graduate) $5,000 No Limit
McDonough School of Business (Graduate) $7,500 50
School of Continuing Studies (Masters only) $20,000 No Limit
School of Medicine $2,500 3
Georgetown Law No Limit No Limit