Yellow Ribbon Program

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 (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®*
  • You must not be on active duty or a spouse using transferred entitlement
  • Your school must agree to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Your school must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals, as stated in their participation agreement
  • Your school must certify your enrollment to VA and provide Yellow Ribbon Program information

You may be eligible if you fit the following circumstances:

  • You served an aggregate period of 36 months in active duty after Sept. 10, 2001
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® based on the service eligibility criteria listed above.

Students will need to submit the UMD VA Enrollment Certification Request form. Per federal regulations, eligible recipients will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

*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. Department of Veterans Affairs website. 

2020-2021 Yellow Ribbon Agreement Details:

College or School Degree Level1 Maximum No. of Students Scholarship Amount

College of Arts and Humanities

Undergraduate 2 $500
College of Arts and Humanities Graduate 1 $500
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Undergraduate 2 $2,000
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Graduate 2 $2,000
Robert H. Smith School of Business Graduate 5 $10,000
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate 2 $1,000
College of Education Undergraduate 5 $1,000
College of Education Graduate 2 $2,500
A. James Clark School of Engineering Undergraduate 2 $2,500
College of Information Studies Undergraduate and Graduate 2 $1,000
School of Public Health Undergraduate 3 $1,000
School of Public Health Graduate 3 $1,000
School of Public Policy Graduate 2 $1,000

1) Schools or colleges listing "Undergraduate and Graduate" in the Degree Level column are permitted to offer a Yellow Ribbon Program scholarship to the associated maximum number of students regardless of degree level.