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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.”  



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