College One of 56 Virginia Institutions to Partner With Veterans Affairs
Eligible veterans, service members, reservists, and their family members can now receive discounted tuition at Mary Baldwin College (MBC) as a result of the most extensive educational assistance program offered to veterans since the GI Bill was introduced in 1944. Mary Baldwin has pledged $9,000 per student per year — which will be matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — for qualifying students in its Residential College for Women, and comparable grants are available to both men and women through the college’s Adult Degree Program.
The new Post-9/11 GI Bill helps those who have served the country in the military pay for a college degree. The maximum benefit covers full in-state tuition for every eligible veteran who is an undergraduate student at a public institution, according to a recent release from the White House.
The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, expands educational opportunity by helping to fund tuition expenses at private or out-of-state institutions that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Institutions can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses, and VA will match this additional funding for eligible students.
Another provision allows benefits to be transferred to an immediate family member, as Brian Cummings discovered when his daughter, Alexandra, applied for admission to MBC in fall 2009. Combined with Alexandra’s scholarships and other financial aid, the Yellow Ribbon Program makes college costs affordable
“I believe this program will encourage families with military backgrounds to provide their children with a first-rate education,” said Brian Cummings, a 25-year veteran in the US Army from Bristow, Virginia.
The program allows colleges and universities to fund up to 100 students each per semester, and there is still time for people to apply for fall 2009 in Mary Baldwin’s Residential College for Women and Adult Degree Program.
“This is a wonderful collaboration in which private institutions partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand opportunities for veterans and their families for whom a private college may be a better fit,” said Crista Cabe, MBC’s vice president for public relations.
Find more information online: www.gibill.va.gov, see information for Yellow Ribbon Program on front page link.