Yellow Ribbon Program for Graduate Students

The University of St. Thomas is proud to continue a long tradition of supporting veterans and military families by participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Before submitting this application for consideration, you must either be a current student in good academic standing or be officially accepted for admission to the University of St. Thomas AND obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Veteran’s Administration verifying that you are eligible at the 100% level for Chapter 33 benefits. Neither individuals on active duty, nor the spouse of an active duty member, are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program.

Recipients will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date a completed Yellow Ribbon application is received at St. Thomas. Only complete applications from students who have been admitted to their program will be considered.

The Veteran’s Administration (VA) will provide each Chapter 33 benefit recipient attending a private college or university with a tuition and fee benefit of up to a set annual amount.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, the maximum benefit from the VA is $22,805.34*.   Information about the maximum benefit amount for the 18-19 academic year as well as the total number of awards/maximum St. Thomas award amounts will be updated by April 1, 2018.   The university will provide funding up to a maximum annual benefit to its Yellow Ribbon recipients which may not exceed 50 percent of remaining tuition and fee charges. The VA will match the contribution made by St. Thomas.  Total funding from all sources provided to Yellow Ribbon recipients may, but are not guaranteed to cover, the recipient’s full tuition and fees. The total number of awards offered and the maximum Yellow Ribbon award provided by the university and matched by the VA will vary by the college or school in which the student is enrolled.   

Please note that Yellow Ribbon funding, with its corresponding match from the VA, replaces any previously awarded institutional grants and/or scholarships. Also, the university’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program will be re-evaluated annually and the university may elect to change its funding commitment for this program or discontinue participation. Students awarded Yellow Ribbon benefits will continue to receive those benefits throughout their education at St. Thomas provided the College or School (i.e. School of Law) continues to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student remains consecutively enrolled in good academic standing in the same program. 

 * Information about the maximum benefit amount for the 18-19 academic year as well as the total number of awards and maximum St. Thomas award amounts will be updated by April 1, 2018.   The 18-19 Yellow Ribbon Application will be available by April 1, 2018.

College or SchoolTotal
Number of Awards
St. Thomas Award
College of Arts and Sciences Unlimited Unlimited
College of Education, Leadership and Counseling    
     Graduate Level Unlimited  $6,341
     Doctoral Level Unlimited  $10,222
Opus College of Business Unlimited  Unlimited
School of Divinity 2  $5,000
School of Engineering Unlimited  $6,300
School of Law    
     Graduate Level 1  $10,000
     Doctoral Level 3  $10,000
School of Social Work 5  $4,500



Yellow Ribbon Application