Yellow Ribbon


The Yellow Ribbon program is an additional amount of funding for qualified Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients which is used for any remaining mandatory tuition and fee costs once the annual maximum Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill funding has been exceeded. Emory University has a specific amount of Yellow Ribbon awards available by application on a first come, first serve basis.

View information on application deadlines, number of awards and amounts, and contact information for your school's Yellow Ribbon liaison.

YR.1 Yellow Ribbon qualifications

Rules for qualification are determined by the VA (see the Am I Eligible for Yellow Ribbon section)

Additionally, you do not need to attend full-time to be eligible for Yellow Ribbon, you need only meet the VA's qualifications, and have been selected for the award by your school.

YR.2 How to apply for Yellow Ribbon

To apply for Yellow Ribbon you must email a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and the Student Data Form to the designated Yellow Ribbon liaison at your school on or after the application acceptance deadline. The liaison will notify you by email if any additional information is needed, and if you have been awarded the Yellow Ribbon funding. Please Note there are a limited number of awards available per school and they may or may not be available when you apply.

YR.3 How Yellow Ribbon is calculated

When your tuition amount exceeds the maximum annual Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Benefit amount both the school AND the VA will each apply Yellow Ribbon funds towards the excess tuition up to the maximum listed Yellow ribbon award amount.

Example 1:

  • The maximum Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit amount for the 2021-2022 academic year is $26,042.81.
  • The maximum Yellow Ribbon award amount for Emory's Undergraduate programs is $7,000.
  • If the student's annual mandatory tuition and fees are $31,000.00, $26,042.81 would come from the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 funds which would leave a balance of $4,957.19.
    • Emory would contribute $2,479.00 (rounded)
    • The VA would contribute $2,479.00 (rounded)

The combination of both amounts would cover the tuition balance.

Example 2:

  • If the student's annual mandatory tuition and fees are $45,000.00, $26,042.81 would come from the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 funds which would leave a balance of $18,957.19
    • Emory would in this case contribute $7,000.00 (the maximum YR awardamount)
    • The VA would contribute $7,000.00

After the application of all funds there would be a balance of $4,957.19 which would can be paid out of pocket or by other funding sources.

Yellow Ribbon Additional Considerations

  • Yellow Ribbon funds are applied as needed, and at the amount needed (not to exceed the maximum amount)
  • Since the VA also contributes a matching portion of Yellow Ribbon funds the total amount of Yellow Ribbon potentially available to you is the school's maximum award amount x2.
Contribution Table
If the school contributes up toVA will match up toYou can expect up to
$3,500$3,500$7,000
$5,000$5,000$10,000
$7,000$7,000$14,000
$10,000$10,000$20,000
$20,000$20,000$40,000
  • Emory charges tuition and fees per semester so:
    • you may or may not need to use Yellow Ribbon funds during your first semester
    • You may or may not need the entirety of the available Yellow Ribbon amount
  • If you return to active duty during a semester you (or your spouse beneficiary) may not receive the VA's portion of your Yellow Ribbon match (please notify the SCO if there is a change in your military status)
  • Once you are awarded Yellow Ribbon from your school you do not need to apply for it again. You will receive this funding as long as you still meet the VA qualifications
  • If you are using your spouse's benefits and they expire during the semester, you may not receive the VA's matching portion of Yellow Ribbon