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Trinity Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program to Benefit Students

Yellow ribbons tied around trees became a familiar sight in neighborhoods all across the country during the war in Iraq.

To help service men and women serving after the September 11 terrorist attack, the government instituted the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program), a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. 

While the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers 100% of a qualifying veteran’s tuition costs at a state university, the Yellow Ribbon Program funds extra tuition expenses if a veteran chooses a private college such as Trinity. Under this program, Trinity will waive half of the difference between its own tuition/fees and those of the highest costing public university in the state. VA will match the other half of the difference, which will cover the entire cost of tuition/fees for the student. 

As an example, John Smith wants to attend Trinity and is eligible to receive 100% benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. VA’s maximum benefit (equal to highest costing public institution) is $13,912, but Trinity’s tuition and fees equal $20,744. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, Trinity agrees to waive half the difference, or $3,416. The VA then matches the other half of the difference--$3,416. All of this prospective student’s tuition and fees are then covered.

“We are very excited to partner with VA to provide eligible veterans the option of using their education benefits to cover the entire cost for tuition and fees at a quality private institution like Trinity,” said Ryan Zantingh ’07, financial aid coordinator. “The College is also honored to offer this opportunity to veterans out of gratitude for their service.”

To take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a veteran must be eligible for the maximum education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which requires 36 aggregate months of service since September 11, 2001. Those who served for 30 continuous days and were discharged with a disability are also qualified for the maximum benefit.

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, contact Ryan Zantingh in the College’s Financial Aid office at 708.239.4872.

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