Veteran's Benefits

Overview

Princeton University welcomes applications from veterans and dependents who are eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which include the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, and comply with the principles outlined in Executive Order 13607.  The executive order addresses key areas relating to federal military and veterans educational benefits programs.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, eligible service members and veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since September 10, 2001 are eligible for up to 36 months of education benefits to be used at approved academic institutions.  Benefits include tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance (unless still on active duty), and a books and supplies stipend.  The percentage of benefits available varies with the period of active duty served, with 100% of the maximum benefit payable with 36 months or more of aggregate active duty served. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides all tuition and fees at public schools and up to a national cap at private schools.

For additional details on approved institutions, eligibility, and benefits available under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, see the Post-9/11 GI Bill website.

Yellow Ribbon Program

To cover the tuition and fees unmet by the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, institutions of higher learning elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to provide additional support.  To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program at a participating institution, the service member or veteran must have served at least 36 months (and therefore receive 100% of the maximum allowable benefit under the Post 9/11-GI Bill).

Princeton participates fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program to provide this additional financial assistance to eligible service members and veterans.  In addition, Princeton does not limit the number of students who are eligible. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, Princeton agrees to contribute tuition and fees expenses that exceed the tuition and fees funded under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Veteran’s Administration then agrees to match this amount of tuition and fees.  For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website.