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The University has partnered with the federal government to offer extensive educational opportunities to veterans as part of the new GI Bill Yellow Ribbon program. Drexel has committed $2 million to provide a free education to an unlimited number of military veterans across all of the University’s full- and part-time undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional programs, on all campuses and online. Drexel will match the government’s contribution to the cost of an education, allowing eligible veterans to attend the University with no out-of-pocket expenses—the federal government will pay up to the highest in-state school tuition and any remaining cost will be covered between the government and Drexel, offering eligible servicepersons a free education. Drexel is one of just a few Yellow Ribbon- participating universities that has not limited the number of veterans who may enroll. The University’s contribution allows veterans who meet government and admissions requirements to receive a completely free education at all of Drexel’s colleges and schools, including the Drexel University College of Medicine, Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel at Burlington County College and the Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies. “Drexel is continuing its long tradition of providing educational opportunities to military personnel, be it on one of our three campuses or in one of our 60-plus fully online degree programs,” said Provost Mark Greenberg. “We are proud to be able to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to serve our country.” The educational assistance in the new GI Bill allows the government to pay each student’s costs directly to the University rather than requiring veterans to request a reimbursement, as in the original GI Bill. Other new educational benefits include monthly housing and textbook stipends. The Post-9/11 GI Bill, passed by Congress last year, is the most extensive educational assistance program authorized since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. The Yellow Ribbon program is open to veterans who served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. For more information about using military benefits to fund a Drexel education, contact Jeff Linskens, associate director of the Student Resource Center, at 215-895-6413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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