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.
ABOUT THE 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 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 Level||School||Contact||Maximum # of Students||Maximum Contribution Amount|
|Graduate||College of Dental Medicine||Ellen Spilker||6||$6,000|
|Graduate||College of Physicians and Surgeons||Ellen Spilker||6||$6,000|
|Graduate||FU Foundations - SEAS||Tiffany Simon||5||$6,500|
|Graduate||Graduate School of Arts & Sciences||Tom Tarduogno||10||$6,296|
|Graduate||Professional Studies||Jonathan Molter||100||$7,500|
|Graduate||Institute of Human Nutrition||Ellen Spilker||6||$4,032|
|Graduate||Mailman School of Public Health||Joseph Korevec||4||$15,000|
|Graduate||Occupational Therapy||Ellen Spilker||6||$2,500|
|Graduate||Physical Therapy||Ellen Spilker||6||$5,500|
|Undergraduate||School of General Studies||Skip Bailey||Unlimited||$9,000|
|Graduate||School of International & Public Affairs||David Sheridan||41||$9,600|
|Graduate||SIPA - EMPA Program||David Sheridan||3||$2,500|
|Graduate||Social Work||Karma Lowe||10||$8,500|
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 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.