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Vanderbilt Business Offers Unlimited Yellow Ribbon Funding for Veterans

Nov 11, 2019
Starting this academic year, Vanderbilt Business and the Veterans Administration will award up to 100% of unmet need in Yellow Ribbon funds

By Kara Sherrer

Effective August 1, 2019, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management began offering unlimited Yellow Ribbon funding for students who are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program under Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

If tuition charges exceed the amount of the national cap for private institutions, the Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional funding up to the maximum approved by the Veterans Administration (VA) based on unmet need. At the present time, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management will award up to 50% of the unmet need in Yellow Ribbon funds, to be matched by the VA.

“For many years, we have enthusiastically recruited veterans and active members of the United States Armed Forces to Owen because of the extraordinary leadership and perspective they add to our community,” said M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy. “I am delighted that we can better meet their financial needs.”

“We appreciate the quality and diversity of the real-world experience that veterans bring to our classroom and to our community. Their excellent leadership skills help fulfill our goal of producing strong business leaders who will do great things — and they do not disappoint in that. I am very proud that Vanderbilt has developed a strong financial program to support these candidates,” said Christie St-John, Director of MBA Recruiting.

Vanderbilt Business is committed to funding Yellow Ribbon-eligible veterans through significant assistance from new military scholarships, including support from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation, friends of Taylor Force, and the Swaney family.

This year, Vanderbilt Business also welcomed two members of the first seven-member cohort of veterans in the Bass Military Scholars Program. The Bass Military Scholars Program provides a $25,000 annual scholarship to a cohort of Vanderbilt University students, including Vanderbilt MBAs. Bass Military Scholarship funds will complement education benefits available to individual veterans, including Yellow Ribbon funding. This year’s application deadline is February 14, 2020.

Other financial support available to veterans at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management includes:

  • Carter-Owen Military Scholarship
  • Taylor Force Memorial Scholarship
  • Cracker Barrel Military Scholarship

In addition to the scholarships, Vanderbilt Business also offers a high-touch admissions process, an application fee waiver for veterans, and a military-friendly community with resources such as the Armed Forces Club.

For additional information regarding veterans educational benefits at Vanderbilt, please contact Vanderbilt’s VA School Certifying Officials at

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