Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Northwestern Law is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) for JD programs. The following information applies for the 2013-14 academic year. Information regarding the 2014-2015 academic year should be available sometime in April, 2014.

If a student is eligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon program, the Law School will award up to 10 students with a maximum amount up to $15,000 Yellow Ribbon Grant and this same amount of up to $15,000 will be matched by the VA not to exceed tuition.  Please note that if you apply/applied for financial aid and were awarded a Law School scholarship, the Law School's matching Yellow Ribbon Grant for $15,000 will replace the Law School's previously awarded scholarship (if awarded) as long as the student remains Yellow Ribbon eligible. The maximum amount awarded is contingent upon what the 2013-2014 maximum in-state charge per credit hour is as listed on the VA website (please refer to the State of Illinois) and how many units the student actually enrolls in for each term of their enrollment period.

VA regulations state that students must exhaust their full Post 9-11 GI Bill benefit for the academic year ($17,500) before any Yellow Ribbon funding will be paid. The VA must provide their match in order for a student to be eligible for Yellow Ribbon funds through Northwestern University. Please note that Active duty personnel are not eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program per VA regulation.

First Come, First Served Policy

If eligible, to qualify for the Yellow Ribbon benefits provided by Northwestern Law and the VA match for the 2013-2014 academic year, you must meet the following criteria on a “first come, first served” basis.

  1. Students admitted to the following programs:
  2. • JD programs (JD, JD-MBA, Accelerated JD)

    NOTE: Please know that if the Law School participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for future years, students who received the Yellow Ribbon benefit in their initial year will automatically be included for future academic years in their JD program.

  3. Students who have been admitted to the programs listed above, but have not yet matriculated will also have to confirm their intent to enroll by submitting their tuition deposit.
  4. In addition to the above requirements, students must submit a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veteran Affairs to the Office of Admission, the Chicago Campus Financial Aid Office and Northwestern Law’s Registrar’s Office. The certificate of eligibility should state that the student is 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit and cannot indicate that they are active duty.

Students must submit their certificate of eligibility by the first date of their first term of enrollment for the academic year. If students who are separated from duty do not complete the “first come, first served” policy requirements by the first day of fall semester, they will not be considered for Yellow Ribbon funding for that academic year.

Students who are in the process of separating from duty and are awaiting receipt of their DD-214 (separation papers) and an updated certificate of eligibility verifying eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon program can have until the January 1 that occurs after their first term of enrollment to submit the appropriate documentation, including an updated Certificate of Eligibility. If the Certificate of Eligibility is not received by January 1, the student’s eligibility cannot begin until the following academic year.


Students are responsible for completing any necessary steps as directed by the VA to ensure that Northwestern University receives the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill tuition payment and the VA’s portion of the Yellow Ribbon payment. Please refer to your Certificate of Eligibility or call 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551) to verify that you have completed all necessary steps with the VA.

For information regarding the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program), please refer to the following links on the Veterans Affairs (VA) website:

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Yellow Ribbon Program