on Friday, 13 February 2009. Posted in Community Service

As the daughter of an Air Force reservist that served in Afghanistan and Qatar, the sister of an MP that served in Iraq and the wife of a former Army reservist that was activated stateside (and is thinking about reenlisting) I know about the sacrifices that individuals make in order to serve their country. That is why I was very excited to hear that RIT was doing more to help our service men and women achieve their educational goals.  

Veteran Services, which is located in the Part-Time and Graduate Enrollment office, recently announced that RIT is now a member of the Yellow Ribbon program.  What does that mean?  Well, it is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 that provides additional financial assistance to eligible veterans, so that the cost of a private education is not a barrier to attaining a degree from a private school.  Eligibility is based on the amount of time served. 

The GI Bill provides money to Veterans for tuition, living expenses, books and supplies.  Last year the bill was passed that allowed for benefits to be increased to the highest institution rates published by the state. As a Yellow Ribbon member RIT will make allowances for up to half of the difference between our tuition and the published limit with the VA paying the other half of the difference. The bottom line, eligible veterans applying to RIT will have most (if not all) of their tuition provided by the Veterans Administration, the college and the state. 

For more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon program, or to find out if you qualify please use the following resources: 

GI Bill:

GI Bill Hotline: 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) 

Yellow Ribbon:

Yellow Ribbon mailbox:
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Comments (3)

  • Jim Hoag

    Jim Hoag

    16 February 2009 at 18:58 |
    That is really exciting. Before finding this out I thought that my only option for college was in the SUNY system. While those are good schools, I am very interested in going for some type of engineering degree and RIT is one of the best.
  • Dad


    16 February 2009 at 19:06 |
    Hey, I checked it out. Great Job! I will pass the info on to all my buds on base.
  • Gene Clark

    Gene Clark

    12 March 2009 at 14:59 |
    Michelle, you are to be commended for your advocacy. The fact that we are partnering with the VA makes RIT one of the first universities to let the world know, just how important these service members are.

    The State Approving Agency has just announced that the highest published NYS tuition rate is $970 per credit and in excess of $28K yearly.
    This means that anyone serving on or after 9/11/01 who has served 36 months Honorably, will be able to attend RIT at no additional cost!
    Not since WWII has the nation been so willing to help our veterans.

    Certainly makes me proud as a member of RIT and as a veteran.

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