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Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program included as part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33). The Yellow Ribbon Program is used exclusively to fund (apply towards) the out-of-state portion of tuition for eligible out-of-state student-veterans (or transferees). The program was designed to cover allowable tuition and maintenance fees not already covered by VA benefits.

At this time, there are only three colleges at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center that have an agreement with the VA to accept Yellow Ribbon fundingThe colleges and award details are listed below.

 College Number of Students Maximum Award Award Period
Dentistry 2 (UG)  $1,000 Per Year
Dentistry  4 (DDS)  $2,500  Per Year
Nursing  1 (UG)  $1,500  Per Year 
Nursing  1 (DNP)  $2,000 Per Year
Pharmacy 4 (PharmD)  $2,500  Per Year


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an out-of-state student.
  • Must be fully admitted and matriculating in one of the Colleges awarding Yellow Ribbon.
  • Must have a Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) education benefits Certificate of Eligibility showing Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility.
  • Must be a Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) recipient at 100% entitlement and not on active duty.
  • Must be enrolled in credit bearing courses at UTHSC.
  • Must remain eligible for continuous enrollment and not subject to dismissal.

Application Process

  • Complete the UTHSC Yellow Ribbon Program application.
  • Submit the Yellow Ribbon Program application with other required entitlement documentation (VA Certificate of Eligibility and DD214) to a School Certifying Official (SCO) in the Registrar’s Office.
  • Documents should be submitted to Mail and hand-delivered documents are accepted.
  • Application deadline: June 1st

Applications are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the received date and time documented on the complete application packet until all awards have been granted in collaboration with each college.  After all awards have been granted, student-veterans (or transferees) will be placed on a waiting list for the current academic year based upon the date and time the application was initially received by the Registrar’s Office. Should there be a forfeiture or ineligibility, the next applicant in the waiting list pool will be notified.  Students on the waiting list must reapply each academic year for the Yellow Ribbon award. The application deadline is June 1st.

Renewal of Yellow Ribbon Award 

The student-veteran (or transferee) will remain part of the Yellow Ribbon Program as long as the student-veteran (or transferee) remains eligible for continued enrollment at UTHSC or until the student-veteran (or transferee) graduates, leaves school, or is no longer eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33) benefits. 

If the student-veteran (or transferee) becomes ineligible for the Yellow Ribbon, the award will be given to the next eligible student-veteran (or transferee) in the waiting list pool for the academic year. Once deemed ineligible, students must reapply and will be in the pool of awards on a first-come, first-served basis.  The institution reserves the right to withdraw from the Yellow Ribbon Program agreement with the VA each year.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Yellow Ribbon at UTHSC?
Please complete the Yellow Ribbon application and submit with other required documentation (Current VA Certificate of Eligibility and DD214) to a School Certifying Official (SCO) in the Registrar’s Office.  Applications are awarded on a first come first serve basis.
How am I notified if I will receive Yellow Ribbon funding?
Once all your documents have been received and verified by the Registrar’s Office, awarded recipients will receive an email announcing their Yellow Ribbon Program approval.
Do I need to re-apply each semester?
No. As long as you maintain continuous enrollment your award will continue until you reach the maximum allowed amount. If you do not receive the Yellow Ribbon award for a term because you do not register for courses, are academically dismissed or cannot register by the last day of registration due to other restrictions, your Yellow Ribbon award is forfeited and may go to the next eligible applicant in the waiting list pool.  You will have to reapply for Yellow Ribbon, if ever ineligible, under these circumstances. The institution reserves the right to withdraw from the Yellow Ribbon Program agreement with the VA each year.
How is the Yellow Ribbon award distributed throughout the academic year?
Yellow Ribbon funding is distributed each semester.
How are students aware of the Yellow Ribbon Program policies and procedures?
The Yellow Ribbon Program guidelines and frequently asked questions are available on the Registrar’s webpage.
What is the stated appeal process to follow if the student doesn’t agree with the methods used or decisions made?
There is no current appeal process in place. Guidelines for Yellow Ribbon are set forth by an agreement between the VA and the providing institution. If a student disagrees with UTHSC’s policy or procedures governing Yellow Ribbon, the student may contact the Registrar’s Office for guidance.
Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Feel free to contact any School Certifying Official (SCO) in the Registrar’s Office at


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May 26, 2022