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GW Is First D.C. Institution of Higher Education and One of the First in the Nation to Offer Significant Commitment Under Yellow Ribbon Program

WASHINGTON--The George Washington University today announced a significant investment in undergraduate and graduate education under the Post-9/11 GI bill's Yellow Ribbon Program. Yellow Ribbon qualified veterans attending GW as undergraduate students will receive free tuition and those attending as graduate students will receive a significantly discounted tuition rate. GW President Steven Knapp made the announcement today at GW's Kogan Plaza, joined by Tammy Duckworth, MA '92, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; former Senator John Warner, author of the Post-9/11 GI Bill; and Brian Hawthorne, a GW student veteran and representative of the Student Veterans of America. View Photo Gallery

"This is a significant investment in those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. We as a nation owe our veterans a debt of gratitude and this commitment will enable veterans who attend GW to have the kind of educational opportunity the original GI bill envisioned," said GW President Steven Knapp.

"There is no better investment than education," Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs said. "The Post 9/11 Bill will provide new opportunities that are essential to our Veterans, our workforce and our economy. This is one of the many steps we are taking to become a 21st Century VA that is forward thinking and Veteran-centric. I encourage everyone to learn more at"

Under the plan GW announced today, Yellow Ribbon Program qualified, admitted undergraduate veterans will attend GW for free. GW will pay 50 percent of remaining tuition and fee costs after base GI Bill benefits are applied, with the VA also contributing 50 percent, a GW investment of approximately $18,000 per year per veteran. For graduate programs, GW will pay up to $3800 per year per veteran and the VA will match this amount. The average admitted Yellow Ribbon qualified veteran will attend GW's graduate programs at a 55 percent discount. All GW graduate programs will participate.

GW's commitment provides for 360 veteran students to benefit during the 2009-2010 academic year, which is anticipated to cover all GW Yellow Ribbon qualified undergraduate and graduate students based on current enrollments. Overall, GW estimates its investment at approximately $2.5 million for the next academic year.

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

The Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) must agree to:

-Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training in any given academic year;
-Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance;
-Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant, scholarship, etc;
-State the dollar amount that will be contributed for each participant during the academic year;
-State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made in any given academic year.

In the heart of the nation's capital, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.

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