TROY will provide maximum G.I. Bill assistance

Posted: Friday, 27 March 2009

TROY—Troy University has pledged to support military veterans and active-duty personnel attending college by providing the maximum tuition assistance allowed through a special program in the latest version of the G.I. Bill.

The University has pledged to close any gap between the benefits provided under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and the cost of tuition at Troy University by paying 50 percent of the established tuition and fee charges not already covered under the bill.

A special provision of the bill, called The Yellow Ribbon Program, allows colleges and universities to offer the tuition waiver. The Department of Veterans Affairs will match each additional dollar funded by the University. The legislation is scheduled to take effect Aug. 1.

“Troy University has a long, distinguished record of supporting the United States military,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “Our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is a natural continuation of our commitment of service.”

Troy University began its service to the U.S. military in 1950, with the establishment of its first on-base extension programs in 1950. Today, Troy University operates teaching sites on military installations in six U.S. states and two nations outside the United States. Approximately 60 general and flag-rank officers in the U.S. military have earned a TROY degree.

In addition, Troy University, through its Division of Student Services, will provide one-on-one assistance to discuss the program with veterans and active-duty personnel.