Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting colleges and universities) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Participating schools can waive up to 50% of those expenses, and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Individuals with active duty service since September 11, 2001, may be eligible for this benefit and can apply online at United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The program provides tuition assistance, a housing allowance, a books and supplies stipend, and the option to transfer these benefits to family members under certain circumstances. For more information, visit the GI Bill website or call 1 (888) GIBILL–1, or 1 (888) 442–4551.

  • BU’s current YRP allocation is 40 awards totaling $7,000 each.
  • Once all available awards are awarded to eligible BU students, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list, chronologically.
  • BU will confirm selected students as YRP participants for the duration of their course of study or program, as long as BU continues to participate in the Program and VA education benefits still apply. Students must remain continuously enrolled with no leaves of absence.
  • Students currently participating in BU YRP are given the first option of continuing in the program for next academic year. If a student chooses not to continue, the award becomes available to the first eligible application on the waiting list.

Veterans must be registered in their course/program to be considered for YRP. To determine YRP eligibility, check with the Veterans Administration.

Additional information can be found at the BU Financial Assistance Office.