Pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun announced today that North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will invest $2 mil­lion to help post-​​9/​11 vet­erans earn degrees at North­eastern through the government’s new Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram. Northeastern’s com­mit­ment, com­bined with matching funds pro­vided by the Depart­ment of Vet­erans Affairs, will allow 162 vet­erans to attend the uni­ver­sity each year at little or no cost.

Due to the size of the university’s sup­port, qual­i­fying vet­erans who enroll at North­eastern will receive grant aid that covers most to all of Northeastern’s tuition and fee charges, depending on the degree pro­gram they choose. Vet­erans will have access to a full range of pro­grams, including bachelor’s, master’s, doc­toral and law degrees.

North­eastern has a proud his­tory of edu­cating the brave men and women who have served our country in the mil­i­tary,” said Pres­i­dent Aoun. “By making a strong com­mit­ment to the Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram, we are pro­viding today’s vet­erans with even more oppor­tu­ni­ties to attend Northeastern.”

A pro­vi­sion of the post-​​9/​11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram pro­vides par­tial funding for vet­erans to cover the cost of tuition at par­tic­i­pating pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties. The par­tic­i­pating uni­ver­si­ties can bridge the gap to cover the remaining costs. Fed­eral funding for­mulas are tied to the cost of the most expen­sive public under­grad­uate tuition and fee rate in the same state.

North­eastern and the Depart­ment of Vet­erans Affairs will cover all or most of the expenses that exceed the cost of attending the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts. Allowances for housing, books and sup­plies are included.

The Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram will become effec­tive on August 1, 2009. To be eli­gible, vet­erans must have served at least three years of active duty begin­ning on or after Sep­tember 11, 2001. Vet­erans from any state are eli­gible to attend North­eastern and receive Yellow Ribbon funding.

Inter­ested appli­cants are sub­ject to the same guide­lines required of all incoming stu­dents and must submit an appli­ca­tion for admis­sion. To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram at North­eastern, visit www​.north​eastern​.edu/​v​e​t​e​r​ans, or call Northeastern’s admis­sions office at 617–373-2200.