The Yellow Ribbon Program

About the Yellow Ribbon Program

17 of Columbia's schools and programs are participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill ®) in which educational institutions provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant matched by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. This program supplements the base educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill ®. 

The following Columbia schools and programs are participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2014-2015 academic year.  All students in all degree and certificate programs in the following schools are eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, given they meet the maximum eligibility level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill ®.

2015-2016 Yellow Ribbon Program Participation

School/Program School Contribution
Max. # of Students+
College of Dental Medicine
$5,000 4
College of Physicians and Surgeons $6,000 4
Institute of Human Nutrition $3,954 5
School of the Arts $5,000 4
Graduate School of Business $7,500 30
School of General Studies $9,000 500
School of International and Public Affairs $7,500 25
School of International and Public Affairs—EMPA Program $2,500 6
School of Law $20,000 20
School of Nursing $5,000 5
Occupational Therapy
$2,500 4
Physical Therapy $5,500 6
Mailman School of Public Health $15,000 4
School of Social Work $8,500 15
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences $6,296 10
Graduate School of Continuing Education $3,000 15
Graduate School of Journalism $3,752 5
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (graduate students only) $6,000 5

*These values are per student, per year. A student will not be granted benefits in excess of 100% of their eligible tuition and fees expenses.

+According to the legislation, participating schools must specify the maximum number of students to which they will offer this scholarship. Schools may grant fewer than the specified number of scholarships but are not expected to grant scholarships to students in excess of this number.

How to Apply

To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must qualify for the maximum level (100%) of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill ® according to your VA Certificate of Eligibility. To learn more about eligibility for these benefits, please visit the GI Bill ® website.

Each participating school manages its Yellow Ribbon Program application and process independently.  Please visit your school's website or contact your school's financial aid office for more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Regardless of whether you will be benefiting from the Yellow Ribbon Program, if you intend to receive VA benefits at Columbia, you must submit a Veterans Request for Certification form each term in which you'd like to receive VA benefits.