Notre Dame joins Yellow Ribbon Program

Author: Julie Hail Flory

G.I. Bill

The University of Notre Dame is among hundreds of institutions across the country participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a special provision authorized in the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Scheduled to begin Aug. 1, the new GI Bill provides a basic benefit from the Veterans’ Administration to eligible veterans up to the cost of the highest priced public school tuition in the state, not to exceed the institution’s tuition and fees. Additional support also is available up to $1,000 annually for books, as well as monthly housing allowances.

Eligible veterans may use these benefits at private institutions participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program where they could receive additional scholarship support.

“The Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program represent the most substantial expansion of veterans’ educational benefits since the original GI Bill in 1944,” said Joseph Russo, director of student financial strategies at Notre Dame. “We are pleased to be participating, grateful to our veterans for their service, and hopeful that their increased enrollment at the University will broaden the global perspective of our campus community.”

Participating institutions agree to support a number of eligible students for a specific scholarship, the amount of which would then be matched by the VA in addition to the program’s basic benefits. The total amount of scholarship support from the VA and the institution cannot exceed the student’s cost of tuition and mandatory fees.

Additional information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures for veterans, is available online at

Contact: Joseph Russo,