A count by AICUO finds that at least 45 Ohio independent colleges and universities submitted Yellow Ribbon participation agreements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The deadline for signing up for the new veterans' student assistance program, which goes into effect August 1, was June 15.
The VA released its final list of program participants on Wednesday. As of late-day, the VA's state-by-state list included approximately 600 private, nonprofit participants - well above expected projections.
We are pleased with the high level of interest that our institutions have shown in serving student veterans, through the Yellow Ribbon program and other campus aid resources, especially given the economic pressures of the time and the administrative hurdles associated with implementing a major new federal program.
This legislation is a critical investment in the nation's veterans, and a prime example of how by working as partners, the federal government, colleges and universities, and others can pool critical resources to enhance student access and affordability.
--Dustin A. Holfinger