New GI program aids veterans

Tech will begin to offer financial assistance this month to qualified U.S. veterans under the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. Veterans who fully qualify for the Post 9/11 GI bill will receive tuition and fee benefits while seeking undergraduate, graduate, or a professional degree at Tech.

The Yellow Ribbon Program was introduced as part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. In order to qualify, veterans must have served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 for a period of 36 months, or have served for a period of at least 30 continuous days and have been released for a service-connected disability. The benefits will begin for those training started after Aug. 1 of this year.

Tech became an Institutes of Higher Learning for the program through an application based on a “first come first serve basis”, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Services website by providing for students through scholarships and grants each year.

Since its introduction last year, the Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

By joining, Tech becomes one of over 1,100 institutions nationwide enrolled in the program. Other schools include University of Virginia, Mercer University and Harvard University.

More information about the program and veterans affairs at Tech can be found at the Office of Veteran Affairs in the Registrar’s Office.