GI Bill & Veterans Benefits

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program offers financial assistance to students of the armed forces. Kellogg has awarded grants to up to 50 individuals per year through the program since its inception in 2009.

Pre-Qualification

In order to qualify for financial assistance, you must first be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to inquire about your eligibility for benefits and to request your Certificate of Eligibility.

According to the VA:

"Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate)."

VA regulations state that you must exhaust your full Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit for the academic year ($20,235.05 tuition and mandatory fee cap for private schools if eligible for the 2014-2015 academic year) before any Yellow Ribbon Program funding is paid.

Eligibility

Eligible students are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis — up to 50 students with a maximum amount of up to $15,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Program grant. Up to $15,000 will be matched by the VA. This cannot exceed tuition and mandatory fees.

To qualify for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Receive admission to one of the following programs: Full-Time MBA Programs (1Y, 2Y, MMM, JD-MBA), Part-Time evening or Saturday MBA, or Executive MBA (EMBA)
  • Prior to matriculation, confirm your intent to enroll by submitting your tuition deposit to the Full-Time, Part-Time or Executive MBA programs
  • Submit your Certificate of Eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to the Northwestern University Registrar’s Office, as well as a copy to your school's Financial Aid Office stating you are 100 percent eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

    According to the VA:
    “Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate).”

Submission Exemption

If you meet the following three criteria, you will automatically be included in the first-come, first-served applicant pool, and are not required to resubmit your Certificate of Eligibility:
  • Received the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits in previous years
  • Are enrolled in your academic program for the 2014-2015 academic year 
  • Are still eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits from the VA
If you’re eligible, submit the required documents via postal mail, email, or fax to:

Registrar's Office
Northwestern University
Office of the Registrar
633 Clark Street Evanston, IL 60208
Attn: Charmaine Nicholson
Email: c-nicholson@northwestern.edu
Fax Number: 847-491-8458

Financial Aid Offices


Full-Time MBA Program
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Donald P. Jacobs Center
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Attn: Julie Israel
Email: jis226@kellogg.northwestern.edu
Fax Number: 847-467-3720

Part-Time MBA Program
Northwestern University
Office of Financial Aid- Chicago
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Suite 629
Chicago, IL 60611
Attn: Julia Jenkins
Email: julia-jenkins@northwestern.edu
Fax Number: 312-503-8700

Executive MBA Program
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Northwestern University
James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Attn: Paul Dodds
Email: p-dodds@kellogg.northwestern.edu
Fax Number: 847-467-3773

Completing Steps to the VA

Students eligible for GI Bill or Veterans Benefits should contact:

Office of the Registrar 633 Clark Street Evanston, IL 60208-1280 847-491-5234

You are responsible for completing any necessary steps as directed by the VA to ensure that Northwestern University receives the Post-9/11 GI 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 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov.

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