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The University has launched a pilot program to expand the financial support for veterans enrolled in Boston College Law School and the Carroll School of Management full-time M.B.A. program.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a Veterans Affairs program that helps eligible veterans with tuition costs beyond what the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers. Boston College has participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program since its inception in 2008. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, all financial aid Boston College provides is fully matched by the VA.

Starting this fall, Boston College will increase its Yellow Ribbon funding for qualifying veterans enrolled in BC Law and the full-time M.B.A. program. With the addition of the match from the VA, the full-tuition costs for these students will be covered, according to Student Financial Strategies and Enrollment Director Bernard Pekala.

He said the hope is that the additional funding not only helps current students who are veterans, but may incentivize prospective veteran students to apply to these programs.

Associate Director for Student Accounts and Cash Management Linda Malenfant serves as the veterans certifying official at the University. She currently works with 96 undergraduates and graduate and professional students who are making use of veterans benefits to attend BC. About one in three of these students are enrolled in the Carroll School’s graduate program.

“I’m pleased that the University has been able to increase its Yellow Ribbon funding for these two programs,” said Executive Vice President and Acting Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Lochhead, who is a U.S. Army veteran.

 “It further underscores Boston College’s commitment to enhancing its status as a veteran-friendly institution and recognizes the contributions of those who have served our nation so courageously.”

For information on veterans education benefits and eligibility requirements, go to the Office of Student Services website or contact Malenfant at


Kathleen Sullivan | University Communications | May 2021