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Higher education for veterans offered tuition-free at Tusculum through Yellow Ribbon program

Community Contributrors Suzanne Richey and Eugenia Estes • Jul 25, 2016 at 12:30 PM

GREENEVILLE — Veterans of all branches of the U.S. military can get their bachelor’s or master’s degree at Tusculum College tuition-free with the college’s participation in the federal Yellow Ribbon program.

The voluntary program, commonly referred to as the New GI Bill, makes it possible for eligible veterans who meet the college's admissions requirements to attend tuition-free.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing and director of Graduate and Professional Studies at Tusculum College. “With the Yellow Ribbon program we can provide the opportunity to the men and women who have served our country and do it in a way that meets the needs of their current life situation.”

Formally known as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon program is an effort to pay for veterans' college expenses to a similar extent that the original GI Bill did after World War II by providing for payment of tuition and fees, a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies. The program is available for eligible veterans who have served at least three years on active military duty, or at least 30 days for someone released for a service-connected disability, since September 11, 2001.

“We are proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program and sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity to serve many of the returning veterans in our areas,” Tusculum President Nancy Moody said. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those who educational path was interrupted or who are considering higher education for the first time.”

The Yellow Ribbon Program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and for information on the Yellow Ribbon program or others assistance provided by the College, contact the Veterans For more information, contact Pat Simons, veterans affairs coordinator, at [email protected]