Yellow Ribbon Program

In 2008, the GI Bill®* was updated with the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, giving veterans with active duty service on, or after, 11 September 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more education expenses, provide a living allowance, money for books, and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children. 

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program or YRP) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. 

This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum base pay for students who are 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and on a degree plan. The maximum base pay for academic year 2022-2023 is $26,381.37 for private universities, including the George Washington (GW) University.

Effective1 August 2022, the VA extended YRP to active duty service members and spouses who received transferred benefits from an active duty service member. Under YRP, the VA provides additional funding, which gets matched dollar-for-dollar by GW. This chart shows the amounts available, depending on your school.

*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