VA Benefits

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 VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the $23,671.94 cap for private institutions (effective August 1, 2018). The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. NOTE: All scholarships, other federal, state, institutional, or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding loans and Title IV funds) will be deducted from the student’s tuition/fees in order to determine the amount submitted to VA for certification purposes.

SMU supports our valued Armed Services members and veterans. We are participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. Click here To read more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The following colleges/professional schools will participate for the 2018-2019 academic year, as indicated below:

NOTE:  SMU’s Yellow Ribbon participation (amount available and number of students) can change each academic year.  It is the student’s responsibility to understand this and be aware that changes can occur.

Maximum Amount Per Academic Year Number of Students
Cox School of Business (Graduate) $7,500 Unlimited
Dedman College (Graduate) Up to 50% 5
Dedman School of Law Up to 50% 10
The Guildhall $7,500 8
Meadows School of the Arts (Graduate) Up to 50% Unlimited
Perkins School of Theology Up to 50%
Simmons School of Ed. & HD (Graduate) Up to 50%
Research and Graduate Studies $7,500 
Undergraduate - All
Up to 50% 50

Not all fees can be certified to VA.  For example, the Global Course Program Fee (Grad Cox) cannot be certified to VA.  If you have questions, please contact the VA Certifying Official at

Veterans who wish to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program must complete and submit the YRP application to the SMU VA Certifying Official. Click here for the application. Please note that this is a first-come, first-served basis.

**NOTE:  Beginning Fall 2018, Fry Scholarship recipients and Purple Heart Recipients are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program; however, those on Active Duty are still NOT eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Veterans MUST be eligible for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefit in order to qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Also, students must maintain satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance according to the regularly prescribed standards of the University in order to receive Yellow Ribbon funds. Academic probation is a serious warning a student is not making satisfactory academic progress. Therefore, a student on academic probation does not qualify for Yellow Ribbon.

For a list of required documents needed in order to be certified with VA, please go to: Educational Benefits at SMU

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at