College Joins New VA Program

Williams is now part of a U.S. Department of Veterans affairs program extending educational benefits to those who have served in the U.S. military since 2001.

Under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational assistance act of 2008, veterans furthering their educations receive from the government the equivalent of the highest public tuition in their state. To help them attend private institutions, where tuition is generally higher, Congress added the Yellow Ribbon Program, in which the government will match, dollar for dollar, any Yellow Ribbon grant given by a participating college or university, up to the full cost of tuition.

Williams has agreed to give an unlimited number of veterans $5,000 (matched by the government) and, as with all students, to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need beyond that. In many cases veterans can transfer the benefit to an immediate family member.

“Williams is happy to partner with the federal government to support those who have served in the military,” Financial aid Director Paul Boyer says. “We have long been committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all our students, and this program will help draw attention to that fact among an important segment of the population.”