Veterans' Benefits

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.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

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.

As a 2011-2012 academic year participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill's Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), Boston University will:

  • Provide a maximum of 20 Yellow Ribbon Program Scholarships
  • Contribute up to $2,800 per student per semester (fall, spring, and summer) that will be matched by the Veterans Administration.
  • 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 participating in the 2010-11 program are given the first option of continuing in the program for 2011-12. If a student chooses not to continue, the scholarship becomes available to the first eligible application received for the 2011-12 academic year.

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

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