Eligible veterans enrolled as undergraduates at Georgetown College may now receive a combination of V.A. benefits and College aid to cover their tuition. It results from Georgetown’s participation in the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program and is effective for the 2009-10 academic year.

According to a June 5, 2009, VA press release, the Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows degree-granting institutions to voluntarily enter into a formal agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the highest public, in-state undergraduate rates.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill, passed by Congress last year, is the most extensive educational assistance program authorized since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944.

VA has received more than 60,000 claims for education benefits during the first five weeks since Veterans and service members could apply online. Up to 460,000 students are expected to participate in the program during the first year.

Additional information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as VA’s other educational benefit programs, can be obtained by visiting VA’s Web site www.gibill.va.gov or by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (or 1-888-442-4551).