Marywood Increases Yellow Ribbon Program Contribution
In an attempt to expand educational opportunities to student veterans, Marywood University, through its Office of Military and Veteran Services, is increasing funds to the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2013–2014 school year.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is coordinated through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and is aimed at offsetting the cost of tuition for veterans who meet 100 percent eligibility for the post-9/11 GI Bill.
Representatives from the university signed a contract in May, which will go into effect on August 1, increasing the $7,500 allotted to student veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program in previous years to $12,000 for the 2013–2014 school year.
Lauren Williams, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services, says that by increasing the university's contribution to the program, more student veterans will have the opportunity to attend college.
"Marywood had about 27 students who participated last year, and we expect roughly the same number this year," Williams says.
Marywood has participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program for at least the past three years, and undergraduate, graduate and doctoral student veterans are eligible to take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program if they meet the criteria.