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Drury to help veterans through the “Yellow Ribbon” program

For Immediate Release: June 4

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Marti Marlin
Academic Advisor, VA Representative
Office: (417) 873-6881
E-mail: mmarlin@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 4, 2010 — Some military veterans will be able to attend Drury University tuition free beginning in the fall of 2010 as part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, a component of the Veteran’s Administration new Post-9/11 GI Bill that went into effect in August of 2009.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (also known as Chapter 33) pays the tuition and fees for qualifying veterans, but the tuition benefit from the Post-9/11 GI Bill is only equal to the highest tuition rate of a public school in Missouri. As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Drury will provide a scholarship to veterans to make up half of the difference the Post-9/11-GI Bill does not cover, and the Veteran’s Administration will pay the other half of the difference. The student could attend college without tuition costs.

Hypothetical example:

Independent University tuition = $350/credit hour
G.I. Bill benefit = -$250/credit hour
Difference = $100
Independent Univ. Scholarship = -$50
Yellow Ribbon grant = -$50
Cost to student = $0

To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, a veteran approved for the Post-9/11 GI Bill will have served at least 36 months of active duty since September 10, 2001, or at least 30 continuous days and was discharged due to a service-connected disability.

If a veteran does not use the education benefit, there is a provision to transfer the benefit to a spouse or children.

For more information and to determine eligibility, go to: http://www.gibill.va.gov

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