Yellow Ribbon Program

Last updated: August 5, 2011

Vanderbilt University Graduate School statement on participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, effective as of Fall 2011.

  1. As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University is committed to provide financial aid as necessary (specifically, in the form of tuition and fees) up to $6,000 per academic year to each post-9/11 eligible Veteran who is admitted and enrolls as a student in a degree program and who is determined by the VA to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students admitted to the Graduate School as special, non-degree students are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon financial aid from the Graduate School.
  2. All applicants admitted to the Graduate School are considered for merit-based financial aid as described in our Catalog and website. A large proportion of Vanderbilt's Graduate School students receive substantial funding from the University, in the form of stipends, tuition, and fees, or a combination thereof. In fact, it is exceptional for a student to be offered admission to full-time study in a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt without a commitment of substantial aid from Vanderbilt University. In some instances, students admitted to master's degree programs in the Graduate School are also offered financial aid, but not as frequently or to the same extent as are Ph.D. students.
  3. The order of precedence for financial support using VA benefits is as follows: (a) any financial aid awarded by Vanderbilt for tuition and fees will be paid on behalf of the student in the form of a credit to the student's Vanderbilt account; (b) any balance remaining for tuition and fees after the Vanderbilt aid has been applied may be eligible for VA education benefits, as determined by the VA and in coordination with the Vanderbilt VA benefits administrator, up the VA annual limit of $17,500; (c) any balance remaining, after the above aid and benefits have been applied, may then be eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits, subject to the conditions stated below.
  4. Any financial aid from Vanderbilt in the form of tuition and/or fees awarded to a Graduate School student who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program will count toward meeting Vanderbilt's Yellow Ribbon commitment under this policy. For an eligible veteran who has been awarded financial aid (tuition and/or fees) greater than or equal to $3,000 in either the fall or spring semester, the financial aid provided by Vanderbilt will be deemed to have fully satisfied the Yellow Ribbon obligation for that semester.
  5. The sum of Vanderbilt aid for tuition and fees, combined with veteran's benefits (basic benefits and Yellow Ribbon), cannot exceed the total cost of a student's tuition and fees.
  6. Where admitted applicants are awarded aid in amounts less than $6,000 per year, or who are awarded no aid, upon notification that the admitted student is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon benefit, the Graduate School will increase its award to equal one-half of the value of tuition for that semester, minus any VA benefits for tuition and fees, not to exceed a total of $3,000.
  7. This policy statement will appear on our Web site and will be included in materials sent to admitted applicants who are identified as veterans.
  8. Graduate School students who believe their financial aid from Vanderbilt has not been determined in a manner consistent with these guidelines, above, may appeal to the Graduate School Associate Dean for Academic Services.