Goucher Supports the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program
Release date: June 24, 2009
Goucher College has chosen to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program to ensure that veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other duty stations have an opportunity to benefit from a private liberal arts college education.
A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which covers tuition and fees equal to the most expensive public campus tuition in a given state. The bill also allows for the benefit to be transferred to an eligible spouse or dependent.
Beginning this August 1, Goucher will support five undergraduate students who are eligible for the benefit and who enroll in the college. Veterans or qualifying dependents will be reimbursed 100 percent of their tuition, up to 15 credits. The cost for tuition will be split between the college (59 percent) and the Veterans Administration (41 percent); the government will also pay all student fees.
The amount of active duty service determines the percentage of benefit eligibility. To receive the maximum benefit, the applicant must:
• Have served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
• Been honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or
• Be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
There is no minimum number of credit hours required for participation, and awards will continue in subsequent years in which the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance.