Georgetown Provides Veterans Benefit for 2011-2012
April 28, 2011 – Eligible undergraduate and graduate student veterans at Georgetown will receive “Yellow Ribbon” benefits in 2011-2012 for the third consecutive year, thanks to the university’s continued participation in a federal matching program.
Georgetown participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, created under the 2008 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to supplement the basic $17,500 Post 9-11 GI Bill benefit.
“Our participation in the Yellow Ribbon program reflects Georgetown's efforts to expand educational opportunities for our veterans and our commitment to meeting the needs of the men and women who have so bravely served our nation,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “We are proud to support this latest generation of soldiers who are coming to Georgetown to further their education.”
Qualifying undergraduates, like last year, will receive $5,000. With a match from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the total benefit is $10,000.
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has set aside a $10,735 benefit for up to 94 eligible veterans who enroll in its undergraduate programs.
The benefits for eligible undergraduates and graduate student veterans are in addition to any need-based financial aid package they may receive from the university.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is intended to make universities more accessible to veterans pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Eligibility for the benefit is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is limited to veterans who have served at least 36 months of active duty in the armed forces after Sept. 11, 2001.
Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.), who graduated from the Law Center in 1975, sponsored the 2008 legislation, which is commonly referred to as the New GI Bill.
Last year, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business offered a $7,500 benefit for up to 15 eligible veterans who enrolled in its graduate programs. The school will offer the benefit for up to 42 students in 2011-2012.
Eligible veterans will also, as they did last year, receive a $2,500 benefit for study at the university’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Law Center and the School of Medicine.
A separate $4,240 benefit has been allocated for up to 127 eligible veterans who enroll in SCS’ master’s degree programs on Main Campus. The same amount is being set aside for up to 109 eligible veterans who enroll in the master’s degree programs at the SCS Va., campus.
During the last Congress, Georgetown advocated for legislation that shifted the New GI Bill’s basic benefit from a state-by-state benefit tied to the highest undergraduate tuition and fees at a public institution in the state or, in our case, the District of Columbia to a national benefit of $17,500.
That change amounted to an approximately $10,000 increase in the basic benefit (which is applied before Yellow Ribbon benefits) for student veterans who qualify in the District of Columbia.
More than 400 Georgetown students enrolled for the 2010 fall and 2011 spring semesters using veteran benefits, with 182 using Yellow Ribbon benefits.
As part of the university’s continued commitment to student veterans, a permanent Georgetown Student Veterans office will open in the Car Barn in May.
“With this new Yellow Ribbon Program agreement, Georgetown University has again demonstrated its commitment to help returning veterans by putting together the aid necessary to enable them to pursue a Georgetown education,” said David Shearman, Georgetown’s student veterans coordinator.