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What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a  provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans' Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount at the institution.

Who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Only individuals entitled to the 100% benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive Yellow Ribbon benefits from the Dugoni School and the VA. We encourage all veterans to review the eligibility criteria directly from the VA's website at

Active-duty members and spouses and children of active-duty members eligible for transfer of entitlements are eligible to use this award only if they are not eligible to have their tuition and fees paid in full under another VA benefit program. The general eligibility requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program include:

  • Student served an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, of at least 36 months; or
  • Student was honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and has served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001; or
  • Student is 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

What are the Dugoni School's Yellow Ribbon benefits?

Students in the DDS, IDS, Orthodontics and Endodontics programs are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program at the Dugoni School.

This award will be offered to eligible student veterans as follows:

  • Eligible student veterans in the Doctoral & Graduate programs will receive $10,000 per academic year

How will the Dugoni School select Yellow Ribbon Program benefit recipients?

Students will be selected for the Yellow Ribbon Program award based on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date and time your application is received by the Financial Aid Office. Once the maximum awards available have been offered, no additional Yellow Ribbon Program awards will be offered by the Dugoni School and no more applications will be accepted.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for each academic year is September 30. 

How do I apply for the Yellow Ribbon Benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®?

Interested students should complete and submit the application form online at To complete an application online, you will need the Dugoni School's VA code number: 3-1-8913-05.

You will receive written notification explaining the VA's decision regarding your eligibility for the program.  If you are eligible, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).  The VA will notify you of the amount of the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits they will pay.  The final funding decision, however, will be made by the Dugoni School.

Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, complete the the Dugoni School's Yellow Ribbon Application and submit both forms to the Financial Aid Office.

For questions regarding COE, contact the Veterans' Administration at 1.888.442.4551 to speak with an education case manager.

How will I know if I have received the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit from the Dugoni School?

If you receive a Yellow Ribbon award from the Dugoni School, it will be included in your financial aid award in accordance with federal guidelines. You will be notified of the award by email. 

How is this benefit applied to my student account?

The Dugoni School portion of your Yellow Ribbon award will be credited to your account once you meet all enrollment and disbursement requirements.

The VA match of your Yellow Ribbon award will be issued directly to the dental school on your behalf after your enrollment certification is processed by the VA.

Will my Yellow Ribbon Award be renewed?

The Dugoni School will offer you a Yellow Ribbon award as long as the following apply:

  • the Dugoni School continues to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is voluntary. the Dugoni School may choose to change the amount offered in future years or may choose not to participate in the program altogether
  • You remain in good academic standing as defined in the dental school catalog
  • You have remaining eligibility as defined by the VA

For Additional Information and Questions

Visit or contact the Financial Aid Office at 415.749.3341.