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Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Ribbon Consideration

Effective August 2009, as part of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33 program), the VA introduced the Yellow Ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can waive up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.

The student must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% level and no longer serving on active duty.  A dependent child may be eligible for a Yellow Ribbon award if the transferred benefit is at the 100% level regardless of the service status of the veteran parent.  Benefits transferred to a spouse must be at the 100% level, and the service member may not be on active duty for eligibility for a Yellow Ribbon award.

All of the schools at Duke will again participate in this program during the 2018-19 academic year. The number of students covered and the amount provided varies by school and degree level (see below).

By School and Level
Number of
Annual Amount
Per Eligible Student
Financial Aid
Email Addresses
Divinity School Master's
Fuqua School of Business Master's

Graduate School Master's
Graduate School Doctoral
Law School Master's (LLM)
Law School Doctoral (JD)
Nicholas School of the Environment Master's
School of Medicine Master's
School of Medicine Doctoral
School of Nursing Bachelor's (ABSN)
School of Nursing Master's
School of Nursing Doctoral
Pratt School of Engineering Bachelor's
Pratt School of Engineering Master's (Eng Mgmt)
Sanford School of Public Policy Master's (MPP)
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor's
Note: The number of awards listed in the chart above are total awards approved for the academic year. This number includes current students.

Notification of Award
According to VA regulations, students must be awarded this grant on a first-come, first-served basis within each category. First-come, first-served will be determined solely by the date/time when the Office of the University Registrar receives the COE of an accepted student.

The respective Financial Aid Office will notify students selected to receive the Yellow Ribbon grant.

Other Stipulations of the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  1. Per VA regulations, Duke may not expand its Yellow Ribbon offering during the academic year. Each institution must enroll in the program each academic year, but once enrolled cannot change its commitment for that year.
  2. A student who receives the Yellow Ribbon grant from Duke will continue to receive it as long as the following conditions exist: 
    • Duke remains in the program.
    • The student remains continuously enrolled in the program for which he/she initially received the benefit.
    • The student complies with all VA and Duke required deadlines and procedures.