Yellow Ribbon Program

Penn honors the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows Penn to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.

Schools and programs at Penn have committed funds to the Yellow Ribbon Program, with a designated number of openings available at each school. The VA will match Penn's commitment. The combined Penn award and VA match cannot exceed the difference between the recipient’s actual tuition charges and the recipient’s basic Post-9/11 tuition benefit. Students receiving VA education benefits are required to disclose other scholarships and grants (including any departmental, Penn, or outside organizations, such as an employer) to Student Registration & Financial Services for review. Additional funding sources may require adjustments to benefit eligibility.

Federal law states that Yellow Ribbon awards must be made on a first-come, first-served basis. SRFS maintains a queue of applicants based on the date a student submits their VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Phone calls and email inquiries do not hold you a place in the queue.

2020-2021 Yellow Ribbon Participation

School

Level

No. of Students 
Per Year

Amount Per Student

Annenberg School for Communications

Doctoral

5

$4,000

School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate
Doctoral

25
10

$10,000
$10,000

School of Dental Medicine

Doctoral

4

$10,000

Weitzman School of Design

Graduate
Doctoral

2
2

$17,243
$8,299

Graduate School of Education

Graduate
Doctoral

5
5

$10,000
$10,000

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Graduate
Doctoral

5
5

$10,000
$10,000

Law School

Graduate

Unlimited

$23,351

Perelman School of Medicine

Graduate
Doctoral

Unlimited
6

$20,745
$5,739

School of Nursing

Graduate
Doctoral

10
3

$10,000
$7,574.33

School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)

Graduate
Doctoral

5
5

$11,300
$5,800

Wharton School

Graduate

Unlimited

$20,000

Wharton Executive Education Certificate Unlimited $7,500

Liberal & Professional Studies

Undergraduate

50

$10,000

College of Arts & Sciences
School of Engineering
School of Nursing
Wharton School

Undergraduate

Unlimited

$10,000

Additional Information on VA Benefits: 

VA Education and Training

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

VA Handouts and Forms

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/handouts_forms.asp

VA contact information

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/contact_us.asp

Ebenefits website

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal​​​​​​​

School Certifying Official Contact

Submit Certificate of Eligibility to:

The Office of the University Registrar
University of Pennsylvania
Franklin Building, Room 150
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6273

Email: 
veterans@upenn.edu