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 (Chapter 33) benefit. Students cannot be considered for Yellow Ribbon awards unless they have 100% eligibility for Chapter 33 post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits. Currently active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program.

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  a student’s place in the queue.

IMPORTANT: Students receiving VA education benefits are required to disclose any other funding to SRFS as soon as possible. Other funding may include scholarships, grants, and/or employee tuition benefits, including institutional/ departmental funding as well as funding from outside organizations. Additional funding sources may require adjustments to VA benefit eligibility.

2021-2022 Yellow Ribbon Participation

School

Level

No. of Students 
Per Year

Amount Per Student

College of Arts & Sciences
School of Engineering
School of Nursing
Wharton School
Undergraduate Unlimited $10,000

Annenberg School for Communications

Doctoral

5

$4,000

School of Arts and Sciences

Doctoral

10

$10,000

School of Dental Medicine

Doctoral

4

$10,000

Weitzman School of Design

Graduate
Doctoral

2
2

$16,561
$8,445

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
Doctoral

3
Unlimited

$23,937
$23,937

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 30 $7,500

Liberal & Professional Studies

Graduate

25

$10,000

"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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.