‘Yellow Ribbon’ Tuition Program Assists Veterans


St. Louis — Maryville University has announced its participation in a new educational assistance program established by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide tuition grants to military veterans. The initiative, known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, begins with fall 2009 enrollment.

Under the Yellow Ribbon provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, Maryville University has chosen to partner with the VA to fund the cost of tuition above the highest rate charged in Missouri by a public undergraduate university. Participating institutions will waive up to 50 percent of the difference between that state benchmark and their own tuition cost; the VA will match the same percentage as the institution. The VA will also cover up to $1,000 in mandatory fees per semester.

Veterans who attend Maryville University through the Yellow Ribbon Program may receive tuition assistance for each semester through completion of their degree program.

“Our heroes deserve our support as they transfer into civilian life.  Helping them obtain a top flight education is a great way to salute their service,” said Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University.

Veterans are eligible for Yellow Ribbon tuition assistance if they already qualify for Post-911 GI Bill benefits, which include 36 months of service or a discharge due to a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. The Yellow Ribbon education benefit may be transferred to dependents based upon a veteran’s eligibility.

Detailed information about Maryville University’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon program will be available on May 1; call 314.529.9300 or e-mail Admissions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Yellow Ribbon Program FAQ websites.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 14,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.