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Mount St. Joe ties a ‘Yellow Ribbon’ to help vets complete degrees

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Friday, June 26, 2009

ST. LAWRENCE DEANERY — The College of Mount St. Joseph announces its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

Beginning August 1, 2009, military veterans may be eligible to attend the Mount for free.

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows the higher educational institutions to offer veterans the opportunity to obtain a degree at a greatly reduced cost. An institution provides contributions in partnership with the Veteran’s Administration to reduce veteran’s costs. In some cases this will allow veterans to attend college for free. The original GI Bill in 1944 was the gateway for veteran’s upward mobility in society. The Yellow Ribbon Program was modeled on the original bill, offering increased access to private higher education.

Veterans who choose to attend the Mount as part of the Yellow Ribbon Program will not pay tuition or fees for undergraduate or master’s degree programs. The cost will be covered by the Veterans Administration in partnership with the Mount. For this first year of the program, the College has not put a limit on the number of students that will be accepted, however, some graduate programs have limited capacity.

An eligible veteran may also choose to assign these benefits to his or her spouse or dependent offspring.

To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program at the Mount, visit the Web site at www.msj.edu/veterans, or call the Office of Admission at 513-244-4538 or 1-800-654-9314.

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