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Vassar joins with 575 other private, non-profit colleges and universities that will participate in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program that offers discounted tuition to student veterans.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar College joins with 575 other private, non-profit colleges and universities that will participate in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon program, to offer discounted tuition to student veterans.

“Vassar College is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, and welcomes inquiries from returning veterans,” stated David Borus, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. “We will gladly work with these prospective students to explore admission criteria and financial aid possibilities, and, as we do for all our students, will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for any veteran that enrolls at the college.”

Vassar will offer admission for up to ten veteran students in the Yellow Ribbon program per academic year. Other Mid-Hudson Valley colleges participating in the Yellow Ribbon program include Marist and Mount St. Mary’s.

ABOUT THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) compiled a list of participating private colleges and universities that submitted Yellow Ribbon participation agreement to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The deadline for signing up for the new veterans’ student assistance program, which goes into effect August 1, 2009, was June 15. A final list of participants will be released tomorrow, June 24.

The current VA's state-by-state list (compiled June 12) includes 511 private, nonprofit participants and NAICU stated that it knows of at least an additional 64 independent institutions who report they plan to participate. NAICU estimated that the total number of participants may surpass 600 private colleges and universities across the country.

David L. Warren the president of NAICU noted that his organization was a strong supporter of the legislation that created the Post-9/11 GI Bill®: “We are pleased with the high level of interest that our institutions have shown in serving student veterans, through the Yellow Ribbon program and other campus aid resources, especially given the economic pressures of the time and the administrative hurdles associated with implementing a major new federal program.”

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted Monday, June 22, 2009