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KU expands Yellow Ribbon veterans program

Fri, 05/30/2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently signed a new Yellow Ribbon Program agreement, which will result in no out-of-pocket expenses for out-of-state military veterans who qualify under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

The Yellow Ribbon Program was developed by the VA to pay for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates for student veterans, splitting the cost difference between the institution and the federal government. Under previous agreements, KU and the VA limited their co-share contributions and placed a cap on the number of student veterans who could participate in the program. Under the new agreement, these caps are removed, and any qualifying student veteran from across the country can attend KU without incurring out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and fees. 

“This is a big deal to student veterans,” says Mike Denning, director of KU’s Office of Graduate Military Programs. “There are two primary obstacles student veterans face on their course to graduation: economic conditions and the transition from the military to college. Our new agreement with the VA all but eliminates the first obstacle and provides student veterans and the university the opportunity to focus on the transition.”

“The University of Kansas has distinguished itself in this decision," he said. "There are only six other AAU schools that have this type of agreement with the VA. Our new agreement is a tangible sign of KU’s active commitment to student veterans. We appreciate our veteran’s service to the nation, and we understand that student veterans are a great asset to the university.”  



Travel to New York and perform on one of the greatest stages in the nation? KU's Wind Ensemble did just that. In March 2013, the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble made the trip of a lifetime to perform the world premiere of composer Mohammed Fairouz’s Symphony No. 4, In the Shadow of No Towers at Carnegie Hall. http://bit.ly/1nXMXr9 Tags: University of Kansas Wind Ensemble KU School of Music Carnegie Hall #KUdifference #music #symphony
Journey to Carnegie Hall
One of America’s most esteemed concert bands, the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, came to Carnegie Hall to introduce a commissioned work with the potential to resonate well beyond the usual college circuit... - New York Times review

Boy with autism benefits from KU student’s undergraduate research Two-year-old Mark’s first haircut in a salon was pretty traumatic. He screamed. He cried. His dad had to restrain him – Mark has autism and a haircut wasn’t part of his routine. But there’s a happy ending. The experience led KU senior Kristin Miller to seek an Undergraduate Research Award (see http://bit.ly/1xod9VT) to develop ways for children with developmental disabilities like Mark to learn how to accept routine health care treatment, such as going to the dentist — or even getting a buzz cut. Watch the video to see why it has been especially rewarding for Miller to help children like Mark.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
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