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Yellow Ribbon Program (Chapter 33)

Institutions of higher learning must enter into an agreement with the VA each year concerning participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Drake University elected to join the Yellow Ribbon Program (officially the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program of the Post 9/11 GI Bill) beginning in August 2009. Institutions that enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) are directed each year to choose the amount of tuition and fees they will contribute. Drake will contribute 50% to the tuition and fees not covered by Chapter 33 benefits, the maximum contribution amount under the Yellow Ribbon program. The VA matches Drake’s Yellow Ribbon contribution, therefore, 100% of the tuition and mandatory fees will be covered.

Drake Yellow Ribbon Eligibility Guidelines

Also, participating institutions must elect, yearly, the maximum number of eligible individuals for their institution for the upcoming academic year which Drake does each year. The Drake Yellow Ribbon list is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any student who has not registered for the next term will be removed from the Drake Yellow Ribbon list for that term.  Note: Once a term has been completed, certification and benefits may not be available.

Students on the Drake Yellow Ribbon list will be confirmed after March 1 of each year.

Prior to becoming eligible for the Drake Yellow Ribbon list, a student must complete the following:

  1. admission to a Drake degree program of study
  2. direct contact made in person or in writing (email accepted) to Drake’s VCO (
  3. provide to the VCO a copy of the Veteran's Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter which lists the award percentage of 100%

Important: Students who have not registered for the next term may be removed from the Drake Yellow Ribbon list.

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