Preliminary Numbers on Yellow Ribbon Participation

June 16, 2009

Monday was the deadline for colleges to sign up for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill's Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows colleges to enter into matching agreements with the federal government to cover any difference between the base GI Bill benefit and total tuition and fees. The Department of Veteran Affairs' final list is not yet posted, but a preliminary list is -- and so far the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities counts 361 private, nonprofit colleges as participating, and knows of 55 more -- including Harvard University -- that have announced plans to participate but don't yet show up in the official count. Scores of for-profit colleges have also signed agreements; the VA expects the final list of participating colleges to be published by Monday, June 22.

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