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University of Cincinnati Expands Free Tuition Benefits to Post 9/11 Veterans


UC takes significant step toward becoming preeminent education destination for those who have honorably served the country.

Date: 7/10/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati is now part of a new federal program that is expanding free college tuition for qualifying veterans.
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The Yellow Ribbon GI Enhancement Program – a provision of the federal Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 – funds tuition expenses that exceed Ohio’s highest public undergraduate tuition rate for student veterans who are drawing their Chapter 33 GI Bill benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs matches expenses from contributing institutions of higher education.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition, so in essence, the new Yellow Ribbon Program benefits qualifying veterans interested in attending UC’s graduate or professional schools (College of Medicine, College of Law) as well as veterans attending UC from out of state.

UC is leading the state’s four-year public institutions in offering Yellow Ribbon opportunities crossing undergraduate, graduate and professional school programs.

UC Senior Vice President and Provost Anthony J. Perzigian says the announcement exemplifies UC’s intention to become a preeminent destination for America’s veterans – a result of the formation of a UC task force announced last November to establish a UC admissions and support plan in line with the GI Bill and the Ohio GI Promise that Governor Ted Strickland signed into effect in July 2008.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, UC will accommodate up to 50 qualifying veterans on a first-come, first-served bases under the Yellow Ribbon Program including

  • Twenty-five undergraduate students – Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $1,128 for each of autumn, winter and spring terms (summer term is not included) for a maximum of $3,384 per student for the academic year.
  • Fifteen graduate students – Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $1,460 for each of autumn, winter and spring terms (summer term is not included), for a maximum of $4,380 per student for the academic year.
  • Five College of Law students – Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $2,124 (in-state tuition) or $5,832 (out-of-state tuition) for each of autumn and spring terms, for a maximum of $4,248 per in-state student or $11,664 per out-of-state student for the academic year.
  • Five College of Medicine MD program students – Each student will be awarded up to a maximum of $2,123.50 (in-state tuition) or $4,662 (out-of-state tuition) for each of autumn, spring and summer terms for a maximum of $6,370.50 per in-state student or $13,986 per out-of-state student for the academic year.

Once the maximum number of students per category has been reached, additional Yellow Ribbon applications for that category will be denied.

Students accepted into the Yellow Ribbon Program will be responsible for any tuition and fee charges that exceed the per-term and annual maximum amounts established above. To reduce per-term tuition and fee charges, student-veterans are strongly encouraged to review their eligibility for Ohio residency classification under the "Ohio GI Promise" and take action as appropriate. 

UC has also committed to serving increasing numbers of Ohio veterans through the Ohio GI Promise.

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