The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that more than 1,000 private and public colleges and universities across the US have agreed to reduce tuition for student veterans during the 2010-11 school year as part of agency’s Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. A number of participating institutions are located in Virginia!
The Yellow Ribbon program pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees for eligible student veterans. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Eligibility requirements include the following:
- Student served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
- Student was honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
- Student is a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
Colleges and universities participating in the Yellow Ribbon program determine application procedures for eligible students, the maximum number of students that may participate in the program, and the percent of tuition that will be contributed.