The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)

Georgetown University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program in partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs to enhance financial access for military-connected students.  

The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) is structured to take effect once an eligible participant has met the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year. The VA’s academic year is deemed for classes starting on or in between August 1 and July 31. Once the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum has been met, the academic school will contribute YRP funding and is also matched by the VA up to the dollar amount specified by the academic program.

Academic schools that have a limit to the number of students who can participate in the program are accepted into the YRP on a first-come-first-serve basis. Any tuition remaining after the Post-9/11 tuition benefit and the YRP benefits have been met for the academic year is the student’s out of pocket expense and is responsible for paying per the Office of Billing and Payment Services policies.


The VA specifies that Yellow Ribbon Program participants must:

  • Be 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits
  • Not be on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Accrue a total tuition and fees amount that is more than the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year

The YRP is a year-to-year contract between the VA and Georgetown. Information about the 2020-2021 YRP agreement and how to participate can be found below.

How to Apply

Once a student has been accepted to a degree program at Georgetown University on the Main Campus or School of Continuing Studies, students can take the steps below to participate in the YRP. 

Step 1. Provide a Proof of Benefits indicating that the student is 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits and not on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty. A proof of benefits includes a Certificate of Eligibility letter or eBenefits screenshot.

Note: If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate and are not on Active Duty or a Spouse of an Active Duty Service Member using transferred benefits, then you are automatically eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and are not required to submit a separate application to the VA.

Step 2. Complete the Benefit Request Form each semester. This step is required for all undergraduate and graduate students on the Main Campus and School of Continuing Studies.

YRP Agreement Details: 2020-2021 Academic Year

An academic year are classes that start on or in between August 1 through July 31 and can include the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.