Rome – May – To further grow its military friendly recognition and to address the need for more military friendly higher education throughout the nation, Georgia Highlands College has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to launch the college’s first ever Yellow Ribbon Program.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to aid eligible students with any outstanding out-of-pocket expenses after their normal VA benefits have been applied.
“The Yellow Ribbon Program is an annual agreement through the Department of Veteran Affairs, and is another step in GHC creating a military friendly atmosphere,” GHC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Amy Wise said. The program will be in effect starting fall 2015, she added.
Wise stated that the program works through a funding cooperation between the college and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Every dollar the college invests in the program is matched by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
GHC’s primary focus for its first year in the program is to aid veterans who may be paying out-of-state tuition and who are not eligible for any type of waiver.
“After consulting with other USG schools and several discussions in various departments at GHC, we feel this agreement will allow us to help the most students,” Wise said.
Additionally, at the beginning of the year, Military Advanced Education’s 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities publication awarded Georgia Highlands College the designation of a Top School based on its practices in military and veteran education.
GHC was also recognized by MAE in its 2012 and 2014 editions.
Institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.
GHC also received Military Friendly recognition from GI Jobs in 2015.
For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp