Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (YRP) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.


As a Veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits.  The University of Miami awards Yellow Ribbon Grants for eligible graduate students.  Undergraduate and Graduate programs offer an unlimited number of grants.  The Yellow Ribbon Grant applies to the fall and spring semesters only. The summer semester/sessions are not covered by this Grant.


You may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

All veterans may apply for the Yellow Ribbon Grant regardless of your current chapter. However, in order to receive funding you must be Chapter 33 approved.  If you are selected for the Yellow Ribbon Grant, you should then apply for Chapter 33 if you have not already done so.  Please note that if you change your benefit to Chapter 33, it will be irrevocable. Upon notification that you have been selected for the Yellow Ribbon Grant, you will have 2 weeks from the date of notification to submit your application for Chapter 33 status.  If you do not apply for Chapter 33 within that time frame, you will forfeit your Yellow Ribbon Grant and will then need to reapply.

The VA will determine eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), and issue a Certificate of Eligibility.  The Certificate of Eligibility will advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Grant.  Bring this certificate to the Veterans’ Program Administrator in the Office of the Registrar at the University of Miami.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. Yellow Ribbon Grants for 2016-2017 are payable for enrollment periods beginning on or after August 1, 2015.

Application Process 

Click here to download the 2016-2017 application and information sheet.  

Submit signed, completed application to the Office of the Registrar via fax (305-284-6293), email (, or mail (P.O. Box 248026 Coral Gables, FL 33124-6914)

Additional information regarding this program may be found on the VA website, click here.