Veterans enrolled at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) can now experience lower tuition bills as the school becomes one of 700 colleges in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill's Yellow Ribbon Program. The program, which allows colleges to enter into dollar-for-dollar matching agreements with the federal government, helps to pay veterans' educational costs above those covered by the base GI Bill benefit.
The program is an expansion of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act--the most generous veterans benefit for higher education since the WWII GI Bill. The act provides payment for tuition and fees, a housing allowance, and a stipend for books and supplies to eligible veterans who have served on active military duty since September 11, 2001. The maximum tuition and fees benefit available under the law is capped at the level of the in-state charges at the most expensive public institution in a state with Marylands' cap set at $458.13 per-credit-hour and $2,380 per semester for fees.
Thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Program, institutions that charge higher tuition may elect to enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund up to 50 percent of the tuition and fee costs that exceed the state cap. The federal government then matches these institutional contributions dollar-for-dollar. JHUSON will offer $2,500 for up to 10 eligible veterans entering the baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral programs.
"The program serves as an incredible opportunity to recognize students service to our country," said Sandra Angell, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. "Students with a military background will enter the School with a leadership capacity, commitment to service, and the ability to work as a team--qualities essential to the nursing profession."
Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, Nursing and several other Johns Hopkins divisions including the schools of Education, Public Health, Engineering, and Medicine, are among the committed institutions assuring that those who serve abroad are served at home.