Syracuse University is a Yellow Ribbon partner with the VA which allows eligible students to maximize their Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.


To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program the VA must determine you are eligible for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% benefit level. Syracuse University does not have a limit on how many students can use the Yellow Ribbon Program, however, each school and college at the University has a different maximum contribution limit per student. Please reference the chart below for contribution limits. There is no application for the Yellow Ribbon Program, but please note that the Request for Certification (RFC) form will still need to be completed each term.

The Yellow Ribbon Program works in conjunction with the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®. To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program students must have entitlement remaining for the Ch 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Once a student has exhausted these benefits, or reached their delimiting date, they will no longer be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

How the program works:

For qualifying students, Yellow Ribbon funding will be applied to cover remaining eligible tuition and fees once the student has exhausted the VA annual cap. The annual cap runs August 1st – July 31st of each year and the cap for the 2024-2025 school year is $28,937.09. The VA will match Syracuse University’s Yellow Ribbon contribution up to the maximum contribution listed on the chart below.

Degree LevelCollege or Professional SchoolMaximum number of students per yearSU Maximum Contribution per student
UndergraduateAll SchoolsUnlimitedUnlimited
Graduate (University College)All SchoolsUnlimited$19,000
GraduateSchool of ArchitectureUnlimited$10,000
GraduateCollege of Arts & SciencesUnlimited$16,500
GraduateSchool of EducationUnlimited$19,000
GraduateCollege of Engineering & Computer ScienceUnlimited$19,000
GraduateSchool of Information StudiesUnlimited$19,000
GraduateMartin J. Whitman School of ManagementUnlimitedUnlimited
GraduateMaxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsUnlimitedUnlimited
GraduateNewhouse School of Public CommunicationsUnlimited$22,000
GraduateDavid B. Falk College of Sport & Human DynamicsUnlimitedUnlimited
GraduateCollege of Visual & Performing ArtsUnlimited$10,000
Juris Doctor College of LawUnlimited$29,500

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 website at