The Yellow Ribbon Program

Clarkson University Partners with VA Yellow Ribbon Program for Military Personnel and Families

Since August of 2009, Clarkson University has participated in the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon program. This program provides full tuition benefits to qualifying Post 9/11 veterans and eligible dependents of military personnel. 

In this partnership, the Department of Veterans Affairs is matching the contributions made by schools to pay for the education of eligible veterans and qualifying dependents.  The combination of Clarkson’s match to those paid by the VA under the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act will cover the full cost of tuition and fees in more than 50 programs of study at Clarkson including undergraduate education, the online MBA program and other graduate degrees in business, physical therapy, science and engineering. 

“Many Clarkson alumni have served our country with honor and distinction in the armed forces. Through our commitment to the Yellow Ribbon Program, it is our honor and opportunity to show our gratitude to the men and women who ensure our freedoms and liberties everyday,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “We offer a great educational experience for individuals who have demonstrated the values of diligence towards work and service to others.”  

With a long history of military preparation on its campus, Clarkson University’s Army and Airforce ROTC units have been recognized in Washington Monthly Magazine among the top five universities in its Annual College Guide for the percentage of students serving in ROTC.  Students in these programs are the recipients of numerous awards and recognition for their scholastic work as well as success in field training.  

Former U.S. Army specialist Daniel Crain (Sandy Creek, NY) is currently a PhD candidate in Clarkson’s department of Physics.  “Clarkson appealed to me because of the quality and type of research that I could do here,” he said referring to his research about lithium-ion batteries used in many consumer electronics and that are under consideration for use in electric vehicles.  “I was interested in doing research that could lead to a job in the future,” he added.