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. For the 2023-24 academic year, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® federal funding formula provides $27,120.05 for tuition and mandatory fees. The Yellow Ribbon Program then pays for tuition and mandatory fees in excess of $27,120.05 up to a maximum amount set by the institution per academic year.

Bates provides a matching school contribution of up to $17,500 for an unlimited number of students annually, upon 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.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at