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: http://www.gibill.va.gov/
GI Bill Hotline: 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
Yellow Ribbon: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Yellow_ribbon.htm
Yellow Ribbon mailbox: