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SU offers Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Benefits cover post-9/11 vets and their dependents beginning this fall

Building on its historic role of educating post-World War II veterans under the Montgomery GI Bill, Syracuse University will offer higher education benefits to post-9/11 servicemen and women and their dependents beginning in the 2009-10 academic year through the Yellow Ribbon Education Enhancement Program. The new program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the New GI Bill.

The University, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will cover tuition costs that exceed those paid by the VA for post-9/11 vets eligible for the program. In order to participate, veterans must be in the 100 percent eligibility tier as defined by the legislation (i.e., having served an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, of at least 36 months).

Beginning this fall, those who qualify for Yellow Ribbon benefits may choose from graduate and full- and part-time undergraduate programs in any of SU's schools and colleges. During the initial year of the program, the University is prepared to assist as many as 132 qualifying veterans or their dependents.

Applications for full-time undergraduate and graduate study for fall 2009 will be accepted on a space-available basis. Applications for part-time undergraduate study are being accepted now. Awards can be renewed annually.

University College (UC) is the point of entry for veterans applying for the Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information, contact UC at 443-3261 or online.

Under the original GI Bill, effective from 1944-56, 7.8 million WW II veterans participated in education or training programs. Despite its relatively modest size at the time, SU became a national leader in providing education for veterans building new lives in the aftermath of WW II. It was the University's first large-scale commitment to educating veterans.

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