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, September 11, 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 amount for students that are 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, on a degree plan, no longer on active duty, not a spouse of an active duty servicemember.

Please note that effective August 1, 2021, the Post 9/11 GI Bill ® will pay up to $26,042.81 per academic year for private universities, including the George Washington University (GI Bill ® Base Benefit). 

In addition, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will match GW contributions under the Yellow Ribbon Program to provide additional funding on top of the base pay amount. Please see this chart to determine which amount you may be eligible for depending on your school.