Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements the base benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® by allowing educational institutions to enter into dollar-for-dollar matching agreements with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Participation in this supplementary program is determined by Columbia's participating schools on a first-come, first-serve basis and is available only to students who meet the 100% entitlement according to their VA-issued Certificate of Eligibility.



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 2016- 2017 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 ®.


Yellow Ribbon Program Information 2016 - 2017

Degree LevelSchoolContactMaximum # of StudentsMaximum Contribution Amount
GraduateCollege of Dental MedicineEllen Spilker6$6,000
GraduateCollege of Physicians and SurgeonsEllen Spilker6$6,000
GraduateFU Foundations - SEASTiffany Simon5$6,500
GraduateGraduate School of Arts & SciencesTom Tarduogno10$6,296
GraduateBusinessMarilena BotoulasUnlimited$7,500
GraduateJournalismTarin Almanzar5$3,886
GraduateProfessional StudiesJonathan Molter100$7,500
GraduateInstitute of Human NutritionEllen Spilker6$4,032
GraduateMailman School of Public HealthJoseph Korevec4$15,000
GraduateOccupational TherapyEllen Spilker6$2,500
GraduatePhysical TherapyEllen Spilker6$5,500
UndergraduateSchool of General StudiesSkip BaileyUnlimited$9,000
GraduateSchool of International & Public AffairsDavid Sheridan41$9,600
GraduateSIPA - EMPA ProgramDavid Sheridan3$2,500
GraduateLawCharles DeRubeis20$20,000
Undergraduate/GraduateNursingJudy Wolfe5$6,000
GraduateSocial WorkKarma Lowe10$8,500
GraduateArtsDave Beeman4$5,000


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 Yellow Ribbon 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.

To Contact Us

Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
202 Kent Hall, Mail Code 9205
1140 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-3161
Fax: 212-854-2818