Almost all student-veterans in George Washington University’s (GW) Yellow Ribbon (YR) Program will now be able to earn degrees tuition free. Tuition has been covered fully for undergraduate student-veterans in the YR Program at GW since 2009. Starting this fall, most GW graduate students in the program will also be able to attend the university tuition free.
With an increase in the government’s base pay for education benefits for Post 9/11 G.I. Bill recipients, graduate students will receive more than $10,000 extra per academic year to fund their education. Undergraduate student-veterans in the program at GW will continue to receive full tuition coverage.
Through the YR Program, U.S. colleges and universities have the opportunity to fund tuition expenses that exceed a base amount paid by the government, which is set at a national cap of $17,500 per student for the 2011-12 academic year. For the 2010-11 academic year, the rate was $7,100.
The university contributes up to 50 percent of the additional expenses, an amount that is matched by Veterans Affairs (VA). The university is in the process of signing its annual agreement with the VA that sets the YR amounts—slated at up to $5,120 for graduate students and $17,500 for undergraduates—for the next academic year.
Between the base rate and the up to $5,120 that will GW contribute and the VA will match, graduate students will be able to receive a total of up to $27,740 in tuition support. The average Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduate program tuition is $22,230.
For undergraduates, GW will contribute up to $17,500 per student per year, which will be matched by the VA and added to the base rate of up to $17,500 per student per year.
The university has also reallocated its funding to enable student-veterans to receive YR tuition benefits during the summer semester.
Beginning in the fall, there will be no cap on the number of graduate YR students the university will support.
GW has earned accolades for its commitment to veterans, including being named a top “military friendly” school by GI Jobs magazine and ranked 21 out of 100 colleges—and fourth for private schools—in the Military Times’ “best for vets” college rankings.
For more information about the George Washington University and available programs go to http://www.gwu.edu
For more information about GW Student Veteran Services go to http://colonialcentral.gwu.edu/Registrar/VeteranServices