Central Texas College was named a Yellow Ribbon School by the Department of Veterans Affairs, a designation the college claims will allow it to further serve its large population of student veterans.
The designation means the college will be a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which provides funding for enrollment costs for college courses not fully funded by VA Chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefits.
“We applied to be a Yellow Ribbon institution because it is the right thing to do for our veterans,” said Chancellor Thomas Klincar. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to further assist them and it will have a huge, positive impact to our students across the world as they seek to continue their educational pursuits and can now do so in a more efficient and affordable manner.”
The program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which was created to help students avoid paying out-of-pocket for tuition and fees by allowing approved institutions such as CTC and the VA to partially or fully fund those expenses.
The college’s participation in the program will not only help students at CTC’s Texas campuses, but those taking courses at the college’s sites throughout the United States.
The program is significantly beneficial to out-of-state students.
“Students outside Texas often want to continue with CTC after separating from the military,” said Annabelle Smith, the college’s director of student
financial aid and veterans services. “The Yellow Ribbon program will allow them to do so without financial hardship.”
To receive the Yellow Ribbon benefits, a student veteran must be enrolled in an approved program offered by an institution of higher learning that participates in the program.
Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate, which is based on service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive Yellow Ribbon funding.