For Immediate Release: May 14, 2014
Providence College Joins Yellow Ribbon Program
Providence, R.I. – Providence College announced today it is an official participant in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Bill Education Enhancement Program, also known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, beginning with the academic year August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015. The program agreement permits the school and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide matching funds to cover all or a portion of the tuition not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
“Providence College has a long history of support for military students, starting with educating soldiers during WWII and establishing the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) here in 1951. Becoming part of the Yellow Ribbon program strengthens our commitment to access and excellence, and signals our continued respect and admiration for those who serve our country. This is a proud day for the entire PC community,” said Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.
Through the Post 9/11 GI Bill, passed in 2008, schools agree to fund a portion of the tuition and fee expenses that exceed the Post-9/11 GI Bill national cap. The school determines the dollar amount that will be contributed toward each participant and the maximum number of participants to be funded during the academic year. The VA then matches this contribution. The program is only open to veterans who are entitled to the maximum benefit rate and their dependent children.
PC’s Yellow Ribbon Program allows up to $2,500 in tuition relief for up to ten students per year, for each of the four years. Students must apply to the program each year and are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, veterans can visit the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/yellow_ribbon.asp or contact PC’s VA Certifying Official at 401-865-2367.