HeadlinesAugust 24, 2009
- New year, new leadership
- 'Hawks on the water
- The Oread rises above KU skyline
- Newly renovated Jayhawker Tower opens
- Professor profile
- Coca-Cola scholarships granted to children of faculty, staff
- New class of staff fellows named for 2009-10
- Kansas Biological Survey team studies the future of drinking water
- Medical Center launches breast cancer study
- KU to help veterans pay cost of education
- Early career grants available for energy-related research
- Hall Center announces 2009-10 lecture series
- Busch honored by American Chemical Society for outstanding contributions to field
- Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation names board of directors
- New endowed math professorship honors women in leadership
- Pokphanh to help guide Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
- Spencer exchanges ideas as visiting professor at Brazilian university
- KU center helps small businesses grow entrepreneurs in Kansas
KU to help veterans pay cost of education
Yellow Ribbon Program part of Post-9/11 GI Bill
KU has joined a voluntary program that will help veterans pay the full cost of their education.
KU signed on for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, it is a joint venture between the VA and educational institutions to help veterans pay tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.
The university and the VA will match funds to pay for expenses that exceed in-state tuition at a maximum of $9,000. In such a scenario, KU and the VA would each pay $4,500. The program began when the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect Aug. 1. To be eligible, a student must have served at least 36 months of aggregate active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The service does not have to be consecutive or have taken place in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Joan Hahn, assistant registrar for student services, said KU decided to take part in the program to help ensure veterans are able to complete their education.
“We want to help as many students as we can, and decided it was important for us to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program,” Hahn said. “The program helps bridge the gap between the in-state tuition level and what non-resident and graduate students pay, and we’re pleased to be able to serve veterans who want to attend KU.”
The application deadline for the 2009-10 academic year is Sept. 21. Veterans interested in applying for the program can contact Betty Childers, administrative associate in the Office of the University Registrar, at (785) 864-4423 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.gibill.va.gov. The VA will determine students’ eligibility for the program. KU will be able to accept up to five undergraduate and three graduate students. Eligible students will be selected on a first-come first-served basis.
The Office of the University Registrar has been in contact with campus veterans groups to inform them of the program and KU’s participation.