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Yellow Ribbon Program

NYU is pleased to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. The program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Yellow Ribbon is a scholarship designed to help students supplement their Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits.

NYU has expanded the program's eligibility to include graduate and professional students, both full time and part time. All NYU undergraduate, graduate* and professional schools are participating in 2015-2016.

NYU will provide funds toward tuition and fees and Veterans Affairs (VA) will match NYU's contribution for each eligible veteran student. The amount of Yellow Ribbon awarded is determined by the amount of other benefits provided to an eligible student. First, post 9/11 GI benefits are applied toward tuition and fees. The Yellow Ribbon award (and matching funds from the VA) then cover up to $7,000 (up to $3,500 from NYU and up to $3,500 in VA matching funds) per academic year for tuition and fees not covered by Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. There are some exceptions. Students attending the Graduate Stern School of Business, the Center for Urban Science + Progress or the Graduate School of Arts and Science may receive up to $10,000 from the Yellow Ribbon program and up to a matching $10,000 from the VA, if eligible. Students attending the NYU School of Law may receive up to $20,000 from the VA, if eligible, with a matching amount of up to $20,000 from the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students attending the Graduate Silver School of Social Work may receive up to $7,500 from the Yellow Ribbon program and up to a matching $7,500 from the VA, if eligible. Students attending the Graduate School of Engineering may receive up to $12,500 from the Yellow Ribbon program and up to a matching $12,500 from the VA, if eligible. Graduate students in Global Public Health may receive up to $7,000 from the Yellow Ribbon Program and another up to a matching $7,000 from the VA if eligible.

Yellow Ribbon recipients should be aware that NYU is committed to our student veterans but must also take into account our limited scholarship funds and the needs of all of our eligible students. Undergraduate students receiving Yellow Ribbon benefits who have also been awarded NYU scholarship may receive combined veteran's benefits, Yellow Ribbon benefits and NYU scholarship up to, but not exceeding, their tuition and fees.

Graduate students who receive Yellow Ribbon funds should check with their Graduate School to determine if their scholarship or institutional aid eligibility will be affected. For both graduate and undergraduate students, the Yellow Ribbon award may affect other types of financial aid, since total financial aid from all sources cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance.

To be considered for the Yellow Ribbon benefits an individual must meet the criteria to receive the maximum Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit. An individual may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon enhancement if:

  • He/She served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • He/She was honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and had served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • He/She is a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria, as described on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs web site.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon enhancement, you must apply to the VA. The VA will determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. NOTE: You can apply using the VA Form 22-1990 (PDF). The form includes the instructions needed to begin the process.

After you have been issued a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs that indicates that you qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, please contact Clara Fonteboa, at or (212) 998-4823.

The Office of the Registrar will notify the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of the Bursar once an individual's eligibility is confirmed. The Office of the Registrar will inform the Department of Veterans Affairs if the enrollment criteria are not met. Funds are subject to return if the student does not maintain a required level of enrollment.

Click here for more general information on Veterans Benefits.

*Graduate Stern School of Business, Graduate College of Nursing and Center for Urban Studies + Progress have a cap on the number of students who are eligible to receive Yellow Ribbon through their school. Graduate Nursing students should contact Cherrelle Hall, Scholarship Officer, via email at or (212) 998-5149 for eligibility specifics. Stern Graduate students may contact David Gordon, School Certifying Officer, via email at or (212) 998-0660 for eligibility criteria. Center for Urban Studies + Progress students may contact J.C. Bonilla, Director of Enrollment Services, via email at or (646) 997-0511 for eligibility criteria.

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