Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the amount payable to private institutions in an academic year. Each year, institutions can enter into an agreement or adjust an agreement to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. Therefore, the rates and maximums for the Yellow Ribbon program can change from year-to-year.

Johns Hopkins University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, enhancing financial access for student veterans. The Yellow Ribbon program is structured to take effect once an eligible participant has met the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year. Once the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum has been met, depending on the academic school the participant is enrolled in, the school will contribute Yellow Ribbon program funding and is also matched by the VA up to the dollar amount specified by the academic program. Academic schools that have a limit to the number of students who can participate in the program apply the Yellow Ribbon award on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact your School Certifying Official to submit Yellow Ribbon requests.

The VA specifies that Yellow Ribbon Program participants must be 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, not on active duty or the spouse of someone on active duty, enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and will accrue a total of tuition and fees amount that is more than the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year. An academic year starts on August 1 and ends July 31. More information is available in the VA factsheet.

2021–2022 Yellow Ribbon Agreement Details

Academic SchoolRateMax Number of Students
Homewood Arts & Sciences
and Engineering (Undergraduate)
Engineering for Professionals
Advanced Academic Programs
Carey Business School
School of Nursing
(Graduate and Doctorate)
School of Education
Total 2
SAIS School of Advanced International Studies (Graduate)$6,000Unlimited
School of Public Health
School of Medicine
(all degree levels)
Peabody Conservatory
(all degree levels)