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Ohio Wesleyan Joins Yellow Ribbon Program to Help Eligible Veterans Secure College Educations

June 30, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – Eligible military veterans will be able to attend Ohio Wesleyan University tuition-free beginning in fall 2009, President Rock Jones, Ph.D., announced today.

“Ohio Wesleyan is proud to take this step to thank the nation’s veterans for their dedicated service,” Jones said. “In conjunction with the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, Ohio Wesleyan will fund tuition for veterans, helping these deserving women and men to obtain strong, liberal arts educations.”

The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. It allows U.S. colleges and universities to voluntarily work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free or reduced-cost tuition to eligible veterans. Assistance is available to veterans during all four years of their college careers.

Veterans who served at least 36 months of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, are entitled to full benefits. Those who were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and who served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001, also are eligible, as are dependents of veterans who qualify for a transfer of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Veterans who meet these criteria and who are enrolled in college full-time also may be entitled to a monthly housing allowance and a yearly stipend to help cover the costs of books and other supplies.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our veterans,” Jones said. “We hope they will carefully consider their long-term goals and all that Ohio Wesleyan has to offer them.”

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon program, including complete eligibility requirements, visit the Yellow Ribbon Info for Vets Web site.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.