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Free College Tuition for Veterans at Select Schools

Free College Tuition for Veterans at Select Schools

Education benefits for military veterans. Thank you for your service!

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

July 14, 2011

Just a few weeks ago, Colorado State University announced that it would cover the complete cost of a higher education for veterans – and not just tuition and fees. CSU is shelling out on housing, textbooks and meal plans too.

Colorado State is just one of dozens of colleges and universities around the country participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. According to the Veterans Affairs website, the Yellow Ribbon 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% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.”

Essentially, the institution is able to determine how much they will contribute to a veterans total cost of attending and the VA will match that. Some schools, like Colorado State University, decide to just foot the entire amount. To see which schools in your state participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, check out their website.

While this went into effect in 2008, some states have been providing tuition waivers at public colleges and universities to veterans for years:

Connecticut

Illinois

Massachusetts

Montana

South Dakota

Texas

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Additionally, most states in the country provide tuition waivers to spouses and/or children of veterans who were either killed in action or missing in action. Each state has different policies so it’s important to check the respective state’s veterans affairs website.

For more information on military benefits, and specifically education benefits, check out our sister site, Military.com.


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