GREENSBURG, PA – Ten students, thus far, at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will use benefits available through the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the new GI Bill, to pay for their tuition for the 2009-2010 academic year. In addition to a tuition remission, eligible students will also receive a housing and book allowance.
As one of the four regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is one of some 500 U.S. higher education institutions voluntarily offering tuition remission and other benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which includes the Yellow Ribbon GI education enhancement program.
Under the GI Bill, all eligible veterans receive an amount equal to the cost of attending a public, four-year college such as Pitt-Greensburg at the in-state, undergraduate-student rate.
Under the Yellow Ribbon program, the federal government will match all financial aid that participating institutions agree to provide veterans above the base educational benefits offered in the GI Bill.
For those veterans eligible for the full benefit, the University, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has agreed to make up the difference between the in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, and the tuition and fees for out-of-state students and students enrolled in graduate programs. The University is also waiving its $45 application fee for all veterans.
“The best resource for information about this program and eligibility is http://www.gibill.va.gov/,” said Linda Smith, registrar at Pitt-Greensburg. “It will provide the most up-to-date information, as well as a process for determining which benefit is best for each applicant.”
Benefits under the GI Bill were fully implemented in August and are prorated according to length of active duty service. Veterans with three or more years on active duty after September 11, 2001, as well as veterans with 30 consecutive days on active duty who were discharged due to service-connected disability, qualify for the full benefit—a total of 36 months of education benefits or the equivalent of four academic years.
Active duty veterans serving more than 90 days but less than three years of post-9/11 active duty service are eligible for a percentage of the full benefits.
Ten Pitt-Greensburg students will use benefits available through the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the new GI Bill, to pay for their tuition for the academic year 2009-2010.