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Regis College to offer “Yellow Ribbon” veterans benefitsDecember 1, 2009
Returning veterans are now eligible 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.
“We are very pleased to be able to participate in this program,” said Regis College President Mary Jane England, MD. “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.”
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.
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors; master’s degree programs in education, health product regulation, and nursing, and in communication, leadership and service, and public administration with a strategic focus on health care; and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.