Whitman College is one of nearly 30 liberal arts colleges, universities, community colleges, technical and adult learning institutions in the state of Washington participating in a new “Yellow Ribbon” educational program for veterans.

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Whitman will provide more than $18,000 per year in financial aid to each of two qualified students; the potential recipients are not yet identified.

“Every bit of support that institutions of higher education can offer to veterans is meaningful. Whitman is proud to play a small role in providing assistance to individuals who have represented our needs by defending our country in the armed forces,” said Marilyn Ponti, Whitman College director of financial aid services.

For more information, call Whitman’s Office of Financial Aid Services at 509-527-5986.


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