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Pittsburgh, March 9, 2009 — La Roche College will lend a hand to military veterans who are earning their degrees as part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. La Roche administration expects to accept the first students into education programs by the fall term, beginning in August 2009. Currently, the college’s Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education team is working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to finalize program details.

The program is open to veterans who have served three years of active duty to the United States Armed Forces and are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill’s full benefits. The bill, updated in June 2008, allows veterans and other qualified military personnel to obtain a benefit equal to the most expensive public campus tuition in a given state. The Yellow Ribbon Program then bridges the tuition gap between what the current GI Bill provides and what a private college’s fees are, should the veteran choose to go to a private college.

At La Roche, veterans will be reimbursed 100 percent of their tuition because the college and the government will equally share costs associated with obtaining their education.

“We’re honored to play a role in helping our veterans reach their education and career goals,” said Hope Schiffgens, director, Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education at La Roche. “This is a time in our nation’s history when education and retraining is vitally important, especially to this group of men and women who have given so much to us.”

Veterans should first talk to their Veterans Administration representatives about the Yellow Ribbon Program or may contact La Roche at 412-536-1262. In addition, Ms. Schiffgens provided the following URL as a reference point for people who have questions about pursuing their education through the GI Bill:

Prospective students also may contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to answer personal and specific GI Bill entitlement questions at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

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