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 kuva@ku.edu 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.

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