GI Bill Programs

Post 9/11 (Chapter 33)

The Post 9/11 Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post 9-11 benefits. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Additional information:

  • When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility please e-mail in pdf form to veterans@bu.edu
  • BU Veterans Services will certify your enrollment with the VA
  • When your certification is received Student Accounts will be notified and they will post the appropriate pending payment to your account
  • BU Veterans services will notify the VA when there are any enrollment changes (add/drop a class, withdraw etc.)
  • Monitor students grades

Post 9/11 - Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP - Chapter 33)

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting colleges and universities) in the United States to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. Veterans who are utilizing Post 9/11 Benefits and are entitled to 100% of their benefit, served an aggregate period of active duty after 9/10/2001 could be eligible. You also may be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty with a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after 9/10/2001.

The ‘All University’ Yellow Ribbon Program is currently closed.

The Metropolitan College Graduate School Application is still available.

Boston University will participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program for the
Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 / Summer 2015 academic year.

Students currently participating in the program for the 2013 – 2014 academic year are given the option of continuing in the program before other applicants are reviewed. If a student completes his/her program or chooses not to continue, his/her scholarship will become available to the first eligible applicant for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, as required by the VA. To participate in the YRP program, you must be using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at 100% eligibility; not on active duty and not a military spouse. Prospective students are eligible to apply for both scholarships.

Maximum Number of Students Degree Level College/School Maximum BU contribution per academic year (matched by the VA)
25 All All $9,000
50 Graduate MET College Graduate Students Only $2,000
  • Once selected, the student will be confirmed as a YRP participant for the duration of his/her course of study or program as long as BU continues to participate in the program and VA education benefits apply. Students must remain continuously enrolled with no leaves of absence.
  • To determine YRP eligibility and for a full outline of education benefits available to veterans, check with the Veterans Administration (www.gibill.va.gov).
  • Non-degree or visiting students from other institutions are not eligible, under University policy, to participate in BU’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) for Active Duty (Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) for Active Duty provides up to 36 months of full-time benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses but must have prior approval by the Veterans Administration. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty. You may be eligible if you have an Honorable Discharge, a high school diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours of college credit and meet the requirements of one of the four categories. To see four categories go to: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html

Additional information:

  • When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility please e-mail in pdf form to veterans@bu.edu
  • BU Veterans services will certify your enrollment with the VA
  • BU Veterans Services will notify the VA when there are any enrollment changes (add/drop, withdraw, etc.)

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

A veteran of World War II or thereafter who has a service-connected disability of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA which may entitle him or her to VA disability compensation and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. Vocational rehabilitation may be provided for up to 48 months and an eligible veteran now generally has 12 years from VA discharge or release from active duty in which to use these benefits.

Disabled veterans are encouraged to contact the VA Regional Office in Boston, MA 1-800-827-1000, to obtain detailed information and to request VA Form 28-1900, the Disabled Veteran’s Application for Vocational Rehabilitation.

Additional information:

  • When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility please e-mail in pdf form to veterans@bu.edu
  • BU Veteran Services will certify your enrollment with the VA
  • When your Certificate of Eligibility is received Student Accounts will be notified and they will post the appropriate pending payment to your account
  • BU Book store is notified of the veterans eligibility
  • BU Veterans Services will notify the VA when there are any enrollment changes (add/drop, withdraw etc.)

VEAP (Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)

VEAP is available for those who entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, and elected to make contributions from their military pay prior to April 1 1987. Contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Additional information:

  • When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility please e-mail in pdf form to veterans@bu.edu
  • BU Veteran Services will certify your enrollment with the VA
  • BU Veteran Services will notify the VA when there are any enrollment changes (add/drop, withdraw etc.)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

The sons, daughters, spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran may be eligible for educational assistance if the veteran died while on active duty, died after release or discharge from active duty or a service-connected disability (80%-100%), became permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, died while a service-connected disability was rated permanent and total, or has been listed as missing in action, captured, detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power for more than 90 days. Eligible persons are entitled to 45 months of educational assistance and are paid benefits on the same basis as a veteran with no dependents. See Required Documents on how to apply for the Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 35 entitlement.

Additional information:

  • When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility please e-mail in pdf form to veterans@bu.edu
  • BU Veteran Services will certify your enrollment with the VA
  • BU Veteran Services will notify the VA when there are any enrollment changes (add/drop, withdraw etc.)

Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Individuals who are in the Selected Reserve or National Guard (not on active duty) who, after June 30, 1985, enlists, reenlists or extends an enlistment in the Selected Reserve are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill for the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, the Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. They must be actively drilling and under a 6-year contract. They are only eligible for benefits while they remain in the reserves. The reserve components determine eligibility for this program.

Additional information:

  • When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility please e-mail in pdf form to veterans@bu.edu
  • BU Veterans Services will certify your enrollment with the VA
  • BU Veteran Services will notify the VA when there are any enrollment changes (add/drop, withdraw etc.)

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP - Chapter 1607)

REAP makes certain individuals who are members of a reserve component, who serve on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10 U/S Code for a contingency operation, and who serve at least 90 consecutive days or more eligible for Chapter 1607. National Guard members are also eligible if their active duty is under section 502(f), title 32 U.S.C. and they serve for 90 consecutive days when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency that is supported by federal funds. Individuals are eligible as soon as they reach the 90-day point whether or not they are currently on active duty. Disabled members who are injured or have an illness or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and are released from active duty before completing 90 consecutive days are also eligible. Eligibility will be determined by the DoD or DHS.

Additional information:

  • When you receive your Certificate of eligibility please e-mail in pdf form to veterans@bu.edu
  • BU Veteran Services will certify your enrollment with the VA
  • BU Veteran Services will notify the VA when there are any enrollment changes (add/drop, withdraw etc.)