GW Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)

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The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between GW and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help close the gap in the cost of education. YRP is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® for students at the 100% eligibility tier. If you are unsure of your VA education benefit or eligibility tier, please contact the GI Bill® Hotline (888-442-4551) or visit

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® cap for academic year 2023-2024 is $27,120.05. This cap must be exceeded before YRP funds can be applied, up to the following:


Total YRP*

Total Benefit**

Undergraduate $25,750 $51,500 $78,620.05
Graduate $17,000 $34,000 $61,120.05
Law $21,310 $42,620 $69,740.05


*Total YRP = The amount GW will contribute plus the VA's match of the contribution.

**Total Benefit = The 9/11 GI Bill® cap ($27,120.05) plus the total YRP. 

To use YRP, students must:

  • Be a matriculated GW student or a non-matriculated student, pending admission, taking prerequisite courses at GW
    NOTE: Non-degreed and visiting/guest students from other institutions are NOT eligible for YRP at GW
  • Be actively using the Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% eligibility tier
  • Request certification per the Student Checklist and elect to use YRP
  • Exceed the GI Bill® cap for the academic year before YRP funds can be applied
    NOTE: YRP covers tuition and fees that are billable to the VA. YRP does NOT cover housing, meal plans, or other non-billable fees.  

Under this commitment, GW will:

  • Enable an unlimited number of YRP-qualified undergraduate, graduate, and law students to receive benefits for the academic year.
  • Provide additional funds to be used for tuition and fees beyond the GI Bill® cap, up to 50% of the total YRP contribution listed above.
  • Match the VA YRP contribution dollar-for-dollar.

Under this commitment, YRP participants should note:

  • The combination of university aid and outside aid designated for tuition (i.e., GI Bill® + YRP) shall not exceed the cost of tuition and fees.
  • GW cannot certify YRP benefits retroactively. GW will not certify any student for past semesters in which a student may have been eligible for YRP benefits, but did not properly request certification with YRP as per the Student Checklist

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Click here for more information about VA education benefits.