The university’s decision to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program should be commended.
Beginning in August, the program, a component of the new GI Bill, will allow private universities where the tuition is higher than the most expensive in-state public university to waive some or all of the remaining tuition.
Each private university can elect whether to participate in the program, and colleges are even given the flexibility to choose how many veterans they will waive tuition for and how much of the tuition they will waive.
The university’s willingness to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover the remaining balance for up to 50 veterans is impressive, especially considering the current state of the economy. Because private universities are not required to commit to the program, many may choose not to participate at all for financial reasons.
The benefits of this program are obvious.
Before the addition of the Yellow Ribbon provision, the GI Bill covered tuition for veterans at public universities only, which seriously limited veterans’ options. Certain private universities may have stronger programs than the state’s public schools, and everyone should be able to choose the school which best suits his or her needs.
Veterans in particular will appreciate having more options concerning where they will go to school because they are coming from such strictly regimented environments.
The university’s commitment to help veterans will not only benefit them, but the student body as well because of the diversity of experiences the veterans will bring to the community.
It is about time that veterans are able to attend private universities free of cost, and it’s admirable that our government and our universities are working together to give back to these men and women.
News editor Logan Wilson for the editorial board.