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Yellow Ribbon Program

Bates participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans or Dependents of Veterans.

A provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program provides partial funding for veterans (and their spouses or dependents) to cover the cost of tuition at participating private colleges and universities. The Post 9/11 GI BIll federal funding formula allows for up to $19,198.31 per academic year for tuition and mandatory fees. The Yellow Ribbon Program then pays for tuition and mandatory fees in excess of $19,198.31 up to a maximum amount set by the institution per academic year.

Bates provides a matching school contribution of $13,650 for 10 students annually, and funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date of receipt of all completed application requirements.


To Apply

  1. Complete a Yellow Ribbon Program Application (PDF).
  2. Complete the online Department of Veterans Affairs application form. After you complete the application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility advising you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  3. Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Student Financial Services.