Yellow Ribbon Program

Yellow Ribbon at SU

Seattle University currently participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This is a program that allows students who are eligible for 100% Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) benefits and not on active duty to gain additional funding for their tuition and fees. For the 2021-2022 academic year there are 120 spots for undergraduate students, 50 spots for graduate students (including 10 spots reserved for students in either the Masters of Teaching, Leadership Executive MBA, or Doctoral of Nursing programs.)

  • Undergraduate Students: Seattle University contributes $14,000 and is equally matched by the VA, allowing access up to an additional $28,000 in aid above the Ch. 33 yearly tuition and fee cap.
  • Graduate Students: Seattle University contributes $5,000 and is equally matched by the VA, allowing up to an additional $10,000 in aid above the Ch. 33 yearly tuition and fee cap.
  • Masters of Teaching (MIT), Leadership Executive MBA (LEMBA), or Doctoral of Nursing (DNP) Students: Seattle University contributes $10,000 and is equally matched by the VA, allowing up to an additional $20,000 in aid above the Ch. 33 yearly tuition and fee cap.

If you are eligible for Yellow Ribbon and are an institutional aid recipient, be aware you can only receive funding from one program at a time. You are only able to receive either Yellow Ribbon or institutional aid (ex. Merit scholarships, SU Grants) because Yellow Ribbon and institutional aid come from the same institutional source. We will always choose the option that is most financially beneficial for the student. For example, if you were to receive more in other institutional aid than Yellow Ribbon would offer we would award you institutional aid. In this case, you would remain on the Yellow Ribbon ‘waitlist’; in case the other option becomes more beneficial.

How Yellow Ribbon Works

The Yellow Ribbon lists are separately maintained on a first-come, first-served basis for undergraduate, graduate, and MIT/LEMBA/DNP students. Once all of the spots fill up, a waiting list is started and monitored each quarter. If you are on the waiting list and still interested/able to receive Yellow Ribbon benefits when a spot opens, you will be notified (via an updated award letter) with the changes to your financial aid. 

In order to get on the list we (the school certifying officials) need three things:

  • Confirmation that you have been admitted to Seattle U and that you have confirmed acceptance;
  • A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility; and
  • A copy of your DD-214 member-2 or 4 (if you are the Veteran).

Once all three parts are in place you will be able to start using Yellow Ribbon at Seattle University. You can send all materials and questions about this process to  

To have a better understanding about how your money will be applied, please see the outline of a sample bill below:

Sample Bill
This table represents a sample undergraduate student bill, outlining fees and total cost. The total per term cost is $16,445.00 including full time tuition, the technology fee, and the recreation fee. During the first term of enrollment (in this example, fall quarter), there is an additional one-time matriculation fee, increasing the total cost to $16,595.00. Additional fees may apply.
2021-2022 Academic Year CostsFall QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
Undergraduate Tuition (flat rate for 12-20 credits) $16,170.00 $16,170.00 $16,170.00
Technology Fee (full-time) $175.00 $175.00 $175.00
Recreation Fee (full-time) $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Matriculation Fee $150.00    
Total $16,595.00 $16,445.00 $16,445.00
Sample Financial Aid Breakdown
This table represents a sample distribution of financial aid throughout the academic year. In this example, Chapter 33 benefits would fully cover the total cost for Fall quarter. During Winter quarter, the Chapter 33 cap of $26,042.81 would be hit, and Yellow Ribbon would be used to cover the remaining costs. Spring quarter would be covered entirely by yellow ribbon. The total balance due for each term would be $0.00.
2021-2022 Financial Aid Fall QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
Post-9/11 GI Bill® Chapter 33 (cap $26,042.81) $16,595.00 $9,447.81 $0.00
Federal Yellow Ribbon ($14,000) $0.00 $3,498.59 $8,222.50
SU Yellow Ribbon ($14,000 matching) $0.00 $3,498.60 $8,222.50
Balance Due (Costs minus Aid) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Because tuition and fees (as shown above) are less than the full amount of the combined Ch. 33 Tuition and Fee Cap plus Yellow Ribbon, this leaves students with $4,557.81 that could be used to help pay for other costs such as lab fees or summer classes. Please see Student Financial Services (HILB 220) for more information.

You cannot receive both Institutional aid and Yellow Ribbon funds. You will receive the funding that is to your benefit.

Post 9/11 GI Bill pays up to the cap before any Yellow Ribbon funds apply.

Housing Costs
This table represents a sample distribution of Room and Board costs per term. Post-9/11 GI Bill Ch. 33 and Yellow Ribbon funds do not cover Room or Meal plan charges.
2021-2022 CostsFall QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
Room (Campion double) $2,713.00 $2,713.00 $2,713.00
Meal plan (required 1st and 2nd year) $1,632.00 $1,632.00 $1,632.00