Yellow Ribbon Program

Veterans' benefits are included as a resource when we determine your need for Dartmouth financial aid. Submit a copy of your eligibility letter to the Financial Aid Office and to the Registrar. Enrollment confirmation is reported to the VA by the Registrar's Office.

  • How does Dartmouth participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Dartmouth participates fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) without limitation on the number of students. Yellow Ribbon is a supplement program ensuring that the full cost of tuition and fees are covered. If there is a difference between tuition and fees billed for the term and the amount covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA will pay 1/2 of the difference and Dartmouth will cover the remaining 1/2 of the difference for students with 100% entitlement eligibility.

  • How do I become eligible?

The percentage of eligibility is service related. Families should speak with a VA counselor or visit the VA website. Apply to the VA for an eligibility certificate to submit to the Registrar.

  • What does the Yellow Ribbon Program cover?

If the student has 100% eligibility, the combination of the GI Bill and the YRP would cover tuition and fees. If they have a lower percentage of eligibility (50%, 70%, etc.), that percentage is applied to the GI Bill benefit and they are not eligible for the YRP. The GI Bill also provides a housing allowance (based on E-5 with dependents at the location of the school) and a book & supply allowance of $1,000 (based on full time enrollment). The housing and book allowance is paid to the student on a monthly basis and can be used to pay billed charges. Post-9/11 benefits may be transferred to a dependent, so the child of a Veteran can become eligible. All Veterans benefits are treated like outside scholarships in the determination of eligibility for Dartmouth scholarship funding.

Additional information is available online at the US Department of Veteran Affairs website in their Education & Training section.