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Regis College “Yellow Ribbon” veterans benefits to be processed August

July 29, 2009

Returning veterans may now apply for educational benefits at Regis College. The school has been approved to participate in The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program), under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

"Regis is looking forward to welcoming our hardworking veterans into our school," said Regis College President Mary Jane England, MD. “We are very pleased to be able to participate in this program,” she added.

“While veterans may select any course of study, we expect a high level of interest in our School of Nursing and Health Professions, especially among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who served as emergency medical technicians in their deployments. This is an astonishing opportunity for veterans to rebuild their lives and enjoy the benefits conferred by a grateful nation,” Dr. England continued.

Under the program, Regis can contribute up to half of any tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate, and the Veterans Administration will match the amount. At the undergraduate level, Regis will provide $9,000 And, at the graduate level, Regis will provide $2,500.

To qualify for Yellow Ribbon educational benefits, a veteran must have served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months. A veteran who has served less than 36 months is eligible if he or she has been honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and has served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. Returning veterans with six years of service who don’t want to participate directly may assign their educational benefits to their children. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. Payment is based on the number of classes one attends.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin processing applications for the “Yellow Ribbon” program on August 1, 2009. Interested veterans should complete and submit the application form available from the Veteran’s Administration and obtain written notification explaining the VA’s decision regarding his or her eligibility for the program. If the veteran is eligible, the Certificate of Eligibility will also advise if his or her service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. If eligible, the veteran should take the Certificate of Eligibility to Regis and ask it to certify enrollment to the Veterans Administration, including the Yellow Ribbon program.

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), of which Regis is a member, reports 48 member colleges and universities participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, with the capacity to serve nearly 2,500 veterans.

“We are extremely pleased with the number and diversity of independent Massachusetts colleges and universities that have chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the Yellow Ribbon program,” said Richard Doherty, president of AICUM. “This is a terrific higher education opportunity for our most deserving post 9/11 veterans.”

Press Release: July 27, 2009
Contact: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617)423-7770; aronsbarron@barronaw.com

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