The Yellow Ribbon Program

Overview

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. The VA's academic year is deemed for classes starting on or in between August 1 and July 31. 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. Once the Post-9/11 tuition benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program dollar maximums have been met for the academic year, any remaining tuition costs will be the student's out of pocket expense. Any tuition remaining after the Post-9/11 tuition benefit and the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits have been met for the academic year is the student's out of pocket expense and is responsible for paying per the Office of Billing and Payment Services policies

The VA specifies that Yellow Ribbon Program participants must be 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, not on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse 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.  

How To apply

Once a student has been accepted to a degree program at Georgetown University, the Veterans Office will the following documents:

1. A Proof of Benefits indicating that the student is 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits and not on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty. In the event a Certificate of Eligibility letter or eBenefits screenshot still lists the student on active duty or their spouse on active duty, but the service member has separated, the Veterans Office will accept a copy of the student's or spouse's DD-214 paperwork (please black out sensitive information) in combination with the Proof of Benefits. Proof of Benefits is only needed once per degree program, unless there is a change of eligibility. 

2. Graduate Students enrolled in the McDonough School of Business and the School of Nursing and Health Studies must submit the respective 2017-2018 Yellow Ribbon Program Request Form found below. This step is required because these schools have a set number of students who can participate in the program and the Yellow Ribbon Program Request Form serves as a way for us to track first-come-first-serve applications. The Yellow Ribbon Program Request Form is only needed once per academic year. Students will need to be logged into their Georgetown email account and logged out of any other email account to access this form.

McDonough School of Business Graduate Programs Request for Participation in the 2017-2018 Yellow Ribbon Program Request Form 

School of Nursing and Health Studies Graduate Programs Request for Participation 2017-2018 Yellow Ribbon Program Request Form

Yellow Ribbon Program eligible students enolled in the Main Campus undergraduate programs, the School of Continuing Studies (undergraduate and masters only), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Foreign Service graduate programs, and the McCourt School of Public Policy can request to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program in the semesterly Benefit Request Form since these programs have unlimited student slots. 

3. Complete the Benefit Request Form each semester. This step is required for all undergraduate and graduate students on the Main Campus and School of Continuing Studies. 

Georgetown Law Yellow Ribbon Program inquires and how to apply can be directed to lawreg@law.georgetown.edu and School of Medicine Yellow Ribbon Program inquiries and how to apply can be directed to either Mr. John Hammett or Ms. Margarita Abaunza.

All other inquiries can be directed to the Georgetown Veterans Office

2017-2018 Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement Details

Academic School 100% Eligibility Post-9/11 Tuition Maximum Before YRP Initiates Georgetown Maximum Yellow Ribbon Program
Dollar Contribution

VA Maximum Yellow Ribbon Program
Dollar Contribution

Maximum Number of Students to Participate
Undergraduate
Main Campus
(Includes Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Foreign Service)
$22,805.34 $5,000

$5,000

No Limit
School of Continuing Studies (Undergraduate)

$22,805.34

$20,000

$20,000

No Limit
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

$22,805.34

$2,500

$2,500

No Limit

Graduate Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

$22,805.34

$7,500

$7,500

No Limit

Graduate School of Nursing and Health Studies

$22,805.34

$20,000

$20,000

20
McCourt School of Public Policy (Graduate)

$22,805.34

$5,104

$5,104

No Limit
McDonough School of Business (Graduate)

$22,805.34

$10,000

$10,000

50
School of Continuing Studies (Masters only)

$22,805.34

$20,000

$20,000

No Limit
School of Medicine

$22,805.34

$2,500

$2,500

3
Georgetown Law

$22,805.34

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit