Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows private degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund up to 50% of the gap, if any, between an eligible student’s primary Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) benefit and the annual cost of tuition and fees. Yellow Ribbon matches whatever amount the school contributes.

A veteran must be receiving 100% Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) benefits and not be on active duty in order to be eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits. View all eligibility guidelines and benefit requirements for Post-9/11 benefits.

How Yellow Ribbon Works at USF

  • Schools and programs at USF have committed funds to the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • Federal law states that Yellow Ribbon awards must be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • There are limited openings in each school for Yellow Ribbon awards. Applicants will be placed on the waitlist based on the date they submit a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and DD-214 to the Registrar’s office.
  • Yellow Ribbon may only be applied after the Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) cap has been met.
  • The sum total of the Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) benefit and Yellow Ribbon scholarship may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees.

Yellow Ribbon Eligible Programs Offered at USF for 2021–22

School/College Level Max. SLOTS Max. USF CONTRIBUTION Per Student* Max. VA Contribution Per Student*
College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, School of Nursing and Health Professions
(excluding Degree Completion Students)
All Undergraduate 112     $5,000 $5,000
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate 25 $6,074 $6,074
Masters in Public Leadership Graduate 28 $11,255 $11,255
School of Education Graduate 18 $5,933 $5,933
School of Management Graduate 65 $13,625 $13,625
School of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate 27 $4,810 $4,810


Note: Online degree programs are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits.

*Once the Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) cap is met, Yellow Ribbon may be applied toward your remaining tuition balance if you are eligible and the funds are needed. 

Contact Info

Veterans Enrollment Services

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Lone Mountain 203
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117