Hodges University announced today that it will participate in the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition and fee assistance to eligible veterans. This will enable qualified veterans to attend Hodges beginning in fall 2009 with virtually no financial burden.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Assistance Act of 2008 through which qualified veterans can receive GI Bill funds to help cover tuition and fees equal to the most expensive in-state undergraduate education at a public university. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program provision, Hodges and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will provide matching contributions for tuition over the maximum state tuition rate.
“We’ve always been committed to supporting our military and veteran students,” said Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University. “Our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program will further help our nation’s veterans receive a top-tier education and career-focused degrees at Hodges. Our learning culture provides the flexibility and support that can help veteran students succeed. These funding options will make a degree a reality for many more veterans and service members.”
Veterans are eligible for full funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program if they have served at least three years of active military duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-related disability and served at least 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
Several veteran students currently enrolled at Hodges recently formed a veterans club, helping new veterans make the transition from the military life to civilian life. “We’re seeing tremendous success with our veterans club,” says McMahan. “Who better to help a new veteran assimilate into the rigors of higher education than a fellow member of the military? Between the veterans club, our Student Services department and the overall culture that exists at Hodges, I think veteran students will find a comfortable atmosphere here, with a staff dedicated to helping students earn the degrees that they seek.”
With the support of the Hodges University Foundation, the University established its American Military Veterans Education Fund in 2006, providing financial support for the educational needs of local United States military veterans. Dr. Lou Traina, Executive Director of the Foundation, sees the timing of the new Yellow Ribbon program advantageous. “We have been focused on helping veteran students for quite some time,” he said. “With the new Yellow Ribbon program, this will allow us to provide support for more local veterans. We see this as a validation of our vision to go above and beyond in support of these returning heroes.”
For more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, prospective students are urged to contact Hodges University at (239) 513-1122.