Starting in August, nonresident veterans will have access to tuition funding through the Yellow Ribbon Program, an addition to the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
University of Wisconsin-Stout has entered into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund the nonresident portion of tuition for eligible students. The Post 9/11 GI Bill only pays tuition and fees for residents. The Yellow Ribbon Program pays the nonresident tuition portion and other fees depending on the fee structure of the university.
The program could save eligible transitioning veterans choosing to complete a degree program under the Post 9/11 GI Bill more than $7,000 a semester.
John Bensend, Veteran Services administrator at UW-Stout, is hopeful that the additional funding will attract more veterans to campus.
"With the military downsizing, many vets are returning back home and looking to enroll in college," Bensend said."We're an attractive school for veterans because we offer many hands-on programs that have outstanding placement rates," he said.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers online courses up to 100 percent. The YRP only can be used for pursuing degree programs on campus.
"Veterans are typically nontraditional students and do not always have the same financing and other support structures as their 18- or 19-year-old freshman counterparts," Bensend said.
The university can accept up to 10 students, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, for the program.
Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits also can be transferred to a spouse or a dependent up to the age of 26.
In the 2013-14 academic year, 365 veterans were enrolled at UW-Stout.
UW-Stout also participates in the Department of Defense program Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarship — MyCAA — a workforce development program for eligible military spouses of active duty service members.
The program allocates up to $4,000 for individuals to pursue a certificate course at UW-Stout either online or on campus.
UW-Stout has been selected as a Military Friendly School for four of the last five years. For details on the university's veterans services refer here.
For more information contact via email Bensend or call 715-232-1659.