Mercyhurst welcomes veterans with Yellow Ribbon Program

Mercyhurst College announced today that it has been accepted in the Veterans Administration’s “Yellow Ribbon” program, which provides scholarships and other financial aid to military personnel who served our country on active duty since September 11, 2001.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, many post 9/11 veterans will be able to attend Mercyhurst at no cost,” explained Dr. Michael Lyden, Mercyhurst vice president for enrollment. “We have a long established track record of helping veterans earn their college degrees and this program expands our commitment and ability to do more.”

The program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate, which the VA agrees to pay under provisions of the bill. That collaboration provides eligible veterans a military service scholarship with up to 100 per cent of the cost of tuition and fees. Both prospective and newly admitted students may also be eligible for benefits that cover the cost of living expenses, books and supplies.

The new scholarship, enacted as part of the Montgomery GI Bill, becomes effective fall term 2009 and will be awarded to those eligible veterans enrolled part time or full time at any Mercyhurst campus. “With over 100 different fields of study and a wide choice of day, evening and weekend schedules, we should be able to meet the needs and interests of most qualifying veterans,” Lyden added.

“Like every American, we are proud of our service men and women, and grateful for the sacrifices that these individuals and their families have made on our nation’s behalf,” said Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble. “This is a gesture of our gratitude and appreciation, and we hope it will make a difference.” Gamble, a veteran, served in the United States Navy.

To apply to Mercyhurst’s Yellow Ribbon Program veterans need to complete a Mercyhurst College application form and provide a copy of their DD-214 form.

For more information, contact the Mercyhurst Veterans Service Admissions Office at (814) 824-2288. For information on the Yellow Ribbon Program and other post 9/11 GI Bill veteran benefits, go to: www.gibill.va.gov
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