Yellow Ribbon Program

Yellow Ribbon Program

The 2023-2024 YRP application will open March 20, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. eastern and close March 24, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. eastern. Federal law requires BU’s YRP application to be on a first-come first-served basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The application will ask for name, email, phone number, and BUID (if available).

The All-University Yellow Ribbon Program is open to students who are 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. A maximum of 52 All-University YRP awards are made per enrollment period. These All-University YRP awards provide recipients with an additional $7,000 per academic year ($3,500 from BU, $3,500 matched by the VA). As a reminder, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and BU’s YRP do not cover the cost of full-time tuition. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Please read the Boston University Yellow Ribbon Program policy statement below:

  • Boston University (BU) participates in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP).
  • The VA will only disburse YRP funds after the student has utilized the maximum tuition & fee reimbursement for the academic year. Additionally, students must have remaining Chapter 33 eligibility in order to continue receiving YRP funds.
  •  The VA education beneficiary is responsible for knowing whether they are eligible for YRP as well as their remaining benefit.
  • Students must be matriculated Boston University students to receive YRP, and they must take classes towards a specific degree program approved for VA benefits.
  • Students must be 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® in order to receive YRP.
  • Students may be removed from YRP if they are not enrolled in classes by the add/drop deadline for fall & spring semesters.
    1. This includes involuntary suspensions.
    2. YRP can be used during summer terms within the same academic year as long as the student has YRP funds remaining, has not exhausted VA benefits, and has utilized the maximum tuition and fee reimbursement for the academic year.
  • Students will be removed from YRP after graduation, even if continuing studies. Students must reapply for their next degree program.
  • YRP awardees may defer admission for one semester.
  • Student who withdraw for more than one year will be removed from YRP.
  • All Cross-Registration (XRG) and Non-Credit Degree (NCD) students are ineligible for YRP. This includes:
    1. Center for Professional Education (CPE)
    2. Fitness Recreation (FitRec)
    3. Food & Wine
  • Active duty service-members are ineligible to receive YRP. However, effective August 1, 2022 federal law will allow active-duty service members to receive YRP if they are otherwise eligible.
  • Once selected, undergraduate students will be confirmed as a Yellow Ribbon Program participant for the shorter of the two following periods; 8 semesters (4 years) of enrollment at BU or completion of student’s Bachelor Degree requirements, as long as BU continues to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student does not exhaust VA benefits.
  • Once selected, graduate students will be confirmed as a Yellow Ribbon Program participant for the shorter of the two following periods; 8 semesters (4 years) of enrollment at BU or completion of student’s Master or Ph.D. degree requirements, as long as BU continues to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student does not exhaust VA benefits.
  • The University provides 52 YRP awards totaling $7,000 each ($3,500 from BU + $3,500 matched by the VA). Once all 52 are awarded to eligible students, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list, chronologically based on the time they submit the YRP application. Students will be awarded off the waitlist as prior YRP recipients graduate or exhaust benefits. There is no guarantee that students on the waitlist will be awarded YRP during that academic year. Students who are not selected off the waitlist are encouraged to apply again the following year.
  • BU YRP Policy is subject to change without notice.
  • All VA education benefit recipients are responsible for knowing whether they are eligible for YRP, and for knowing their remaining benefit. For example, if a student exhausts VA benefits mid-semester and does not reach the annual maximum in Ch. 33 tuition and fees, the VA will not disburse any YRP funds; furthermore, even if BU appeals to the VA for YRP money to override this disqualification, the VA will not grant any appeal.
  • BU’s acceptance of YRP is conditional upon VA eligibility requirements. If YRP is awarded and the VA determines a student is ineligible for any reason, BU is required to remove the YRP award.
  • The student is responsible for knowing whether they are eligible for YRP as well as their remaining VA benefit, not Boston University.

General information is also available on the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program website.