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Rensselaer Supports Veterans’ Education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has joined a group of more than 500 colleges and universities nationwide in an effort to make resources available for military veterans and their dependents to attend college.

Congress passed the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help participants pay for private colleges, state public institutions, and graduate programs. At Rensselaer, qualified applicants will be able attend the university at little or no cost.

Under the new GI Bill, service members who have served three years on active duty since September 11, 2001, can receive benefits to cover the costs of a four-year education, along with a stipend for housing, books, and expenses. Also, to help cover any remaining tuition or fee charges, under the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the new GI Bill, qualified applicants can receive an additional designated scholarship from participating colleges and universities that will be matched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Serving our country in the war in Iraq or Afghanistan is an act of unselfish giving that exemplifies loyalty, patriotism, and honor,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “Rensselaer is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for veterans and their dependents. As a university with a strong history of collaboration with, and support of, the U.S. military, the Institute recognizes the sacrifice that veterans and their family members make. We are very happy to invest in their future success and encourage them to join the long and distinguished list of leaders who have graduated from the Institute.”

Highlights of the Yellow Ribbon Program at Rensselaer

Rensselaer plans to continue its long commitment to support the armed services, dating back to the Civil War, by fully participating in the new “Yellow Ribbon” program of the GI Bill. The Institute will waive application fees, expedite the application process for veterans, and provide notification of financial aid awards at the same time as admissions decisions.

In addition, a member of the admissions team has been specifically assigned to address opportunities for veterans for both graduate and undergraduate study. Raymond A. Lutzky ’02, director of outreach and associate director of enrollment, will serve as a liaison for veteran applicants and coordinate veteran student recruitment, on-campus interviews, and veteran outreach.

“There is no better investment than education, and at times many returning veterans face burdensome challenges when returning home and attempting to enroll in college,” said Lutzky. “The Yellow Ribbon program helps to make the application process easier so that veterans and their dependents can succeed in pursuing higher education. A college education is part of pursuing the American Dream in the 21st century, so we are thrilled to be able to make this a reality for New York veterans and their dependents who choose to attend Rensselaer. This is a fitting way to thank them for their service and sacrifices made along the way.”

In addition to participating in the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Rensselaer students have received various VA benefits available to them, including the Montgomery GI Bill, the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program, the Reserve Educational Assistance program, and the Vocational Rehabilitation program.

For more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, visit www.gibill.va.gov.

Details of Rensselaer Support

 

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