Yellow Ribbon Program

Drexel University has committed over $20 million since 2009 to offer free education to an unlimited number of eligible military veterans and their dependents across all of the University's full- and part-time undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional programs — both on campus and online — as part of its participation in the new GI Bill's® Yellow Ribbon Program.

In the program, a partnership between the federal government and Drexel, the University will match the government's contribution to the cost of an education.

The benefits of participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program at Drexel include:

  • Tuition and fees covered 100% for eligible veterans and dependents (eligibility requires 100% of entitlement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
  • No cap on the number of Yellow Ribbon participants.
  • All programs on all campuses and online are available to Yellow Ribbon participants.

How to apply for Yellow Ribbon Benefits and Financial Aid

  • Eligible veterans or designated transferees do not need to complete a formal application for the Yellow Ribbon Program. By submitting documentation that proves 100% eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® you will automatically be enrolled to receive the benefits of the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • Submit a copy of your Certification of Eligibility letter and a completed Drexel Veterans' Benefits Certification Form [PDF].
  • Please note that currently serving active duty members and spouses are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits.

If you would like to request Drexel certify your VA Benefits for terms in which you will be on co-op, please complete the Veterans Co-op Certification Form [PDF] and submit to Drexel Central.

If you want Drexel to refrain from certifying VA Benefits for a specific timeframe, please complete the Veterans Do Not Certify Request Form [PDF] and submit to Drexel Central.

Drexel's Certifying Officials

Drexel University's VA certifying officials are located at both the Creese Student Center and Drexel Central. You can direct your submission of VA Benefit documentation to:

Ryan Fonio
Assistant Director, Veteran Services

Drexel University
Creese Student Center, Room 48L
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax: 215.895.2939

Drop-In Hours at Creese Student Center: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bryant Morris
Drexel Central

Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax: 215.895.2939

View information about all of the services Drexel offers for veterans.

Interested in attending Drexel? Learn more about the admissions process.

Yellow Ribbon Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of attending Drexel University under the Yellow Ribbon program?

  • Free tuition.
  • Yellow Ribbon pays for all University fees, and there is also a book allowance.
  • No cap on number of Yellow Ribbon participants.
  • All programs on all campuses and online are available to Yellow Ribbon participants.

How do I find out if I'm eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Please visit the GI Bill®website. Drexel fully participates in this aspect of the GI Bill®, so if the benefit is transferred to a spouse or child, that person can certainly apply to Drexel.

If I'm not eligible under the Yellow Ribbon program, do I have benefits under the regular GI Bill?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has complete information on the GI Bill®website.

I live in another state — can I still attend Drexel and receive Yellow Ribbon benefits?

Absolutely. You can live anywhere in the world and still receive a Drexel education free of charge.

What are Drexel's admission requirements for Yellow Ribbon participants?

The same standards apply for anyone seeking admission to Drexel University. Please visit the Admissions website for a complete guide to admissions at Drexel.

What steps do I have to go through to apply to Drexel as a Yellow Ribbon participant?

  1. Review the VA's Yellow Ribbon website. This site gives you instructions regarding eligibility and applying for your Certificate of Eligibility through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    NOTE: You must start the process by applying for your Certificate of Eligibility through the VA. You may wish to seek assistance from your base education specialist, Family Readiness Center, or from your VA representative.
  2. Apply to Drexel and be accepted as a student. The application fee is waived if you apply online. Apply Online to Drexel.
  3. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA, please fax, email, mail, or hand deliver the certificate to:
    Drexel University
    Drexel Central
    3141 Chestnut Street
    Main Building, Suite 106
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Faxes can be sent to 215.895.6903. Mark them "attn: VA Certification." Email may be sent via AskDrexel.

What tuition will I be charged at Drexel?

Tuition is free for Yellow Ribbon participants, whether you study on one of our campuses or online, full- or part-time. University fees are also paid by the VA, which offers a book allowance as well. A housing stipend might be available to you under the program.

Does Drexel cap the number of military personnel it accepts under Yellow Ribbon?

No. We will accept all who are eligible under the Yellow Ribbon program as long as they meet the requirements for admission to the University and their chosen program and are extended an offer of admission from the University.

What programs at Drexel are available to me under Yellow Ribbon?

All Drexel University programs and degrees are open to Yellow Ribbon participants — at our University City and Center City campuses, as well as the Queen Lane Campus. You may also enroll in an online program through Drexel University Online.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). View more information about education benefits offered by VA.

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