New Yellow Ribbon Applications Available

The VA is now accepting applications for colleges to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. In order for a school to participate they must submit a Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement form to the VA by May 21st, 2010. The VA publishes a list of yellow ribbon schools each year.

The Yellow Ribbon Program of the Post-9/11 GI Bill helps make graduate schools and private universities more affordable for veterans. This program bridges the gap caused by schools who charge tuition and fees higher than what the Post-9/11 GI bill will cover. In the program, private schools or graduate programs willing to create a veterans-only scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar by the VA, up to the full cost of tuition and fees for the veteran.

A participating school has the option to:

  • Set the amount they will award each eligible student;
  • Cap the number of students they will provide with Yellow Ribbon Scholarships;
  • Specify that only certain degree levels (e.g. undergraduate or graduate) will be eligible; and
  • Limit the program to a specific college or professional school within their university.

For example here is how the US News & World Report Top 25 schools are participating in the Yellow Ribbon program:

Rank
School
Yellow Ribbon Contribution
# of YR scholarships
Out of Pocket Cost to Veteran*
1
Harvard University
$3,000
15
$20,612
1
Princeton University
Not Participating
-
$21,320
3
Yale University
$5,000
50
$10,520
4
California Institute of Technology
Not Participating
-
$24,012
4
Stanford University
$3,000
50
$21,309
4
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Not Participating
-
$27,382
4
University of Pennsylvania
$9,000
20
Fully Covered
8
University of Chicago
$6,800
20
$8,029
8
Columbia University
$5,100
150
Fully Covered
10
Duke University
$5,000
4
$13,655
11
Dartmouth College
$19,223
Unlimited
Fully Covered
12
Northwestern University
$5,837
Unlimited
$9,035
12
Washington University in St. Louis
$13,947
100
Fully Covered
14
Johns Hopkins University
$5,000
5
$14,906
15
Cornell University
$3,959
68
Fully Covered
16
Brown University
$14,000
10
Fully Covered
17
Emory University
Not Participating
-
$24,529
17
Vanderbilt University
$6,000
Unlimited
$18,639
17
Rice University
$2,505
Unlimited
Fully Covered
20
University of Notre Dame
$15,000
10
Fully Covered
21
University of California--Berkeley
Public School
n/a
Fully Covered
22
Carnegie Mellon University
$5,000
50
Fully Covered
23
Georgetown University
$1,000
Unlimited
$30,774
24
University of California--Los Angeles
Public School
n/a
Fully Covered
24
University of Virginia
Public School
n/a
Fully Covered

IAVA applauds schools like Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis and all the bolded schools above for making their colleges accessible to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. You truly are helping to build the next greatest generation. As for the four schools not participating; Princeton, California Institute of Technology, MIT and Emory IAVA hopes to see your name on the “fully covered” list next year.