BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College will offer a tuition break for qualified veterans through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. Through a partnership between Bethany and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the program will cover the cost of tuition and certain fees, effectively creating a tuition-free degree program for eligible veterans.
“We are honored to support our nation’s veterans through this vital program as they develop their skills and leadership potential with an education from Bethany College,” stated Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “We look forward to welcoming our first participants to campus this year.”
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 pays an amount equal to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. Veterans enrolled in private institutions or graduate schools or those attending with out-of-state residency, however, sometimes face tuition and fee rates not fully funded under the plan.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows participating degree-granting institutions whose tuition and fees exceed the allotted amount to contribute a maximum of 50 percent of the excess cost. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) then matches that percentage.
As a voluntary participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Bethany will fund the full 50 percent of remaining qualified expenses to attend the College—with 50 percent matched by the VA—for up to 10 veterans per academic year.
To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans must have served at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001, and must be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100 percent rate.
Eligible veterans interested in Bethany’s Yellow Ribbon Program must meet the College’s admission guidelines and will be provided with Yellow Ribbon benefits on a first-come, first-served basis. Bethany will then supply contributions each academic year in which accepted applicants are in good standing at the College and are making satisfactory progress toward their degree. Expenses such as books are covered under other benefits provided to veterans outside of the Yellow Ribbon Program.
More than 1,100 institutions nationwide have joined the Yellow Ribbon Program, including more than 700 private colleges. Approximately 65 percent of schools in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities are among those who have volunteered to participate.
To speak to Bethany College’s coordinator of veterans issues, contact Susan Doty at 304.829.7834.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.