Yellow Ribbon Program


We’re proud to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program with unlimited institutional matching funds from Northeastern, without a limitation on the number of recipients.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Northeastern University and the Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers (CAVS) in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are honored to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program in conjunction with the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions such as Northeastern University to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses, and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.

What makes the Yellow Ribbon Program at Northeastern different from other schools?

Northeastern has significantly invested in the Yellow Ribbon Program to help post-9/11 veterans and servicemembers meet the cost of continuing or completing their education. Unlike other schools, qualified recipients of the Yellow Ribbon Program will receive unlimited institutional matching funds from Northeastern, without a limitation on the number of recipients.

This means there is a potential to have 100% of tuition and mandatory fees covered for eligible post-9/11 veterans and servicemembers.

Since 2010 Northeastern has given more than $11.2 million in Yellow Ribbon funding to over 800 students (veterans, servicemembers, and dependents).

Learn more about our unlimited contribution to the Yellow Ribbon Program and whether you’re eligible by talking to an enrollment counselor.


Who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Veterans and Servicemembers:

  • You must have served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
    • Or you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • You were awarded a Purple Heart after September 11, 2001.
  • As of August 1st, 2022- All Active-Duty service members eligible for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill are eligible for Yellow Ribbon funding.


  • You must be a dependent of a servicemember eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
  • Or you are a recipient of the Gunnery Sergeant Fry Scholarship

When will Yellow Ribbon funds pay for tuition and fees?

Those eligible for 100% Post-9/11 Benefits are entitled to an annual tuition amount each academic year. This amount varies every academic year; however, for the 2022-2023 academic year, the annual cap is $26,381.37. When tuition and mandatory fees exceed the annual cap, Yellow Ribbon funding is used to cover the balance. Northeastern contributes an unlimited amount of funding for Yellow Ribbon recipients, which the VA will match.

How to apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program

We're happy to help you navigate this process.


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