Education Benefits Information for Veterans
Lasell Commits up to $500,000 to Veterans
• Veterans enrolling at Lasell can receive up to $9,000 in grant money at the undergraduate level
• Veterans enrolling at Lasell can receive up to $3,000 in grant money at the graduate level
Recent changes to the benefits available to United States veterans and active duty members of all branches of the armed forces have made obtaining a college education more affordable and accessible than ever before.
About the GI Bill
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the original GI Bill of Rights in 1944. Nearly 8 million World War II veterans employed its benefits to participate in an education or training program, and 2.4 million veterans had home loans backed by the VA. The GI Bill has been revamped over time to meet the changing needs of veterans. The most recent additions are the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon program.
Lasell College has joined the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and will offer veterans enrolling in the College up to $9,000 in grant money at the undergraduate level, and up to $3,000 at the graduate level annually while they pursue a degree at Lasell College.
Through the expanded GI Bill, the federal government will fund higher education for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at a rate equal to the tuition at public institutions within the state where the student is enrolled. In Massachusetts, that amount is less than $6,000.
Yellow Ribbon grants will be made available to veterans enrolling at Lasell College beginning with the Fall 2009 term.
Private institutions typically cost more than state colleges and universities, and Lasell College has made a commitment to make an education at the college as affordable as possible for veterans or for qualified dependent spouses or children.
The federal government will match the colleges' supplementary grants under the Yellow Ribbon program.
For veterans eligible under the Yellow Ribbon program, Lasell College's financial commitment to student veterans, combined with the government allowance, will enable eligible veterans to cover all but approximately $1,400 at the full time level of tuition and fees at the undergraduate level using grant money that does not need to be repaid. Students attending part time or in the graduate program will have slightly different costs.
To find out more...
Veterans or active duty service members who are interested in determining what benefits are available to them or to their dependent spouse or children, should contact the VA directly by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551) to get started.
Additional information is available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, www.gibill.va.gov and at www.mass.edu/veterans for Massachusetts state residents.