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About the Yellow Ribbon Program

At this time there are only two programs on the UT campus who have an agreement with VA to accept Yellow Ribbon funding.

  • The Haslam College of Business’s Professional Masters programs.
  • The College of Social Work graduate program (MSSW).

No other graduate or undergraduate programs are set up for Yellow Ribbon funding at this time. Please see more information regarding Yellow Ribbon funding below.

Please note that VA only pays in-state tuition. The Yellow Ribbon program is used to fund the out-of-state portion. Generally, under the Post 911 GI Bill, VA will cover the following:

  • Maintenance Fee
  • Programs & Services Fee
  • Health Fee
  • Library Technology Fee
  • Transportation Fee
  • Facility Fee (In-state portion)
  • Program Fee (In-state portion)

Yellow Ribbon Program:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Policy and Procedures

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). Eligibility for the YRP benefit at UT is limited to students in good standing enrolled in the Haslam College of Business Executive Education program (graduate students) and College of Social Work graduate program (MSSW).

The Haslam College of Business will make contributions to a maximum of four (4) individual students during the academic year, for a maximum amount per student of $10,000 per academic year. These awards will be granted to eligible students on a first-come-first-served basis.

UT College of Social Work will make contributions to one individual student during the academic year, for a maximum amount per student of $3,000 per academic year. These awards will be granted to eligible students on a first-come-first-served basis.

Not all Chapter 33 students are eligible to receive YRP benefits. Only veterans who have been rated at the 100% eligibility tier by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and are not on active duty, are eligible for the YRP. Chapter 33 TEB dependents are also eligible if they are at the 100% rating. Spouses using TEB chapter 33 are not eligible for the YRP. This program was designed to cover expenses that exceed the highest resident rate tuition in the state of Tennessee.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be an admitted, Haslam College of Business graduate student, or College of Social Work graduate student in good standing, enrolled in credit bearing courses at UT.

  • You cannot be in academic dismissal status or have a student conduct registration restriction.

  • You must have a Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Certificate of Eligibility, showing Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility.

  • You must be a Chapter 33 post 9/11 recipient at 100% entitlement and not on active duty.

Initial Application

Submit the following documents to Veteran Student Services, The University of Tennessee.

Forms may be emailed to utkva@utk.edu, or mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to:

Veteran Student Services
The University of Tennessee
209 Student Services Building
Knoxville TN 37996-0200
Fax: 865-974-8517

Your initial YRP application will be date and time stamped and awards will be assigned to eligible students on a first-come-first­-serve basis until all four spots have been awarded. Recipients of the Yellow Ribbon will be notified by letter from the Veteran Student Services Office.

Renewal of Award Each Term

In order to guarantee retention of the YRP award, you must declare your intent to enroll by submitting your Chapter 33 certification request each term. If you do not reclaim your YRP status by turning in your enrollment certification your spot may be given to the next eligible student on the waiting list.

If you do not receive the YRP award for a term because you do not register for courses, are academically dismissed or cannot register due to a student conduct violation or other registration hold, your YRP spot may go to the next eligible student on the waiting list and you will have to reapply for YRP in future terms.

If you have any questions about utilizing your GI Bill or the YRP and VA eligibility, please contact Jayetta Rogers (865-974-1500 or utkva@utk.edu) or Vickie Clark (865-974-1508 or vclark1@utk.edu).

If you have questions about the Haslam College of Business’s graduate programs and YRP application procedure, please contact The Center for Executive Education at 865-974-5001 or execed@utk.edu.

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