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Financial Aid

The Yellow Ribbon Program

Qualified military veterans can now receive reduced tuition at Merrimack College due to the College’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program – an educational access program for military veterans through the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

In addition to the Yellow Program provisions, Merrimack College also awards academic credit for military based training per American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

When Merrimack College opened its doors in September 1947, over 60% of students were WWII veterans utilizing the G.I. Bill.

About the Yellow Ribbon Program

Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, colleges and universities can work with the federal government to offer reduced tuition and fees to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
The program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with Veteran Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. For more information about the program, visit

Merrimack is one of more than 500 colleges and universities participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.