Qualified veterans to receive 100 percent tuition benefit

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

As a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program combines GI benefits and university funding to give vets high-quality education

Qualified veterans will receive 100 percent paid tuition as part of a new initiative at The University of Tulsa. TU is fully participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is an extension of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. TU will provide tuition and other benefits for veterans pursuing undergraduate, graduate or law degrees at TU.

Paula Hogard, dean of lifelong learning, is leading TU’s efforts to support veterans at TU. She said veterans’ life experiences have taught them perseverance, discipline and dedication – all traits that will enrich the TU campus community.

University officials are working closely with the City of Tulsa’s Veteran’s Resource Center to ensure TU student-veterans have access to resources they might need.

To support TU student-veterans, the university has opened the Albert E. Schwab Veterans Resource Center. The center provides a central place for veterans to meet and study, as well as consolidates veteran services on campus. The Schwab Veterans Resource Center is located in Zink Hall within the Division of Continuing Education offices.

The center is named after Private First Class Albert E. Schwab, who attended TU before serving in the Marine Corps. He is Tulsa’s only Medal of Honor recipient, and posthumously received the military’s highest honor for single-handedly taking out two strategic Japanese gun positions at the Battle of Okinawa.

About the Yellow Ribbon Program at TU
Admitted applicants who have served at least 36 months of active duty can apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program at TU. Benefits are on a first-come, first-served basis for a limited number of admitted applicants or current TU student-veterans. Funds will be available after August 1, 2009.

Veterans who have served an aggregate period of 90 days, but less than 36 months of active duty, also may apply to receive a percentage of payable benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

In addition to tuition, qualified student-veterans benefit from a housing allowance that can be used for on-campus or off-campus housing and up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies.

For more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program and other veteran benefits available at TU, visit www.utulsa.edu/veterans or contact Cindy Watts, TU associate registrar, at cindy-watts@utulsa.edu or (918) 631-3985. For general information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, visit the Veterans Administration Web site at www.gibill.va.gov.

About TU
The University of Tulsa is a private university providing a comprehensive educational experience to more than 4,200 students from across the United States and around the world. With outstanding facilities, a vibrant residential campus and a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, TU has been recognized as one of the 50 “Best Value” private universities by USA Today and the Princeton Review, and ranked 83rd among doctoral institutions and 47th among private universities on U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 survey.

David Hamby