SU Joins Yellow Ribbon Program
Aug. 12, 2009
SELINSGROVE, Pa.—Susquehanna University has joined the national Yellow Ribbon program, making the liberal arts college a welcoming—and tuition-free—choice for qualifying U.S. veterans and their families. A supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition for eligible veterans, the Yellow Ribbon program employs grants from participating colleges and matching funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make higher education more accessible to former service members.
To cover the gap between the highest public in-state tuition and Susquehanna’s tuition, the university will split the difference equally with the VA, with each contributing about $7,300 per year. As many as 100 qualifying veterans and their family members will be accepted annually under the program on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We are happy to be a part of this new program, which gives veterans and their families the opportunity to participate in higher education,” said Debbie Stieffel, vice president for enrollment management. “Our military members give a lot for our country, and we very much appreciate the sacrifices they make.”
Susquehanna’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon program is in keeping with its longstanding commitment to making a college education more readily available to qualified students. The school funds $25 million in scholarships and grants each year.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Contact: Karen Jones