Plan Makes It Possible to Attend Newman at Low or No Cost
Wichita, Kan. – To honor the service that members of the military have given to our country, Newman University is proudly participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program that offers new G.I. Bill benefits to many post-9/11 military veterans – including a subsidy to access a high-quality private education at Newman at little or no cost.The program, which goes into effect Aug. 1, 2009, is designed for veterans as well as active duty personnel and their family members who wish to attend a degree-granting, private college or university. The program allows qualifying veterans or their designated family members to receive a subsidy for tuition and fees equal to the tuition and fees at the most expensive public institution in Kansas. In addition to this funding, Newman pledges to meet up to 50 percent of the difference between that subsidy and Newman’s costs, with the VA matching Newman’s contributions dollar-for-dollar. The result is little or no money out-of-pocket to the student.
For example, a student with full Yellow Ribbon benefits would receive $7,300, which is the cost of attending the University of Kansas – the most expensive state institution – for the 2008-2009 academic year. The tuition and fees to attend Newman University for the same period are $18,874. To make up the difference of $11,574, Newman would pledge 50 percent, or $5,787, which the VA would match with $5,787, allowing the student to attend Newman at no cost.
“Plus, Newman offers students many benefits and resources that aren’t always available at a public institution, such as a values-based education, small class sizes, and a supportive learning environment where students can have one-on-one interaction with their professors,” said Newman Dean of Admissions John Clayton, M.Ed.
Clayton added that as a highly respected Catholic university, students of all faiths are welcome. The university also offers many programs that will meet the needs and schedules of former and current military personnel and their families, he said.
Those interested in attending Newman under the Yellow Ribbon Program must first contact their nearest VA office to determine eligibility. Once the VA certifies an individual to receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program, he or she should contact the Newman University Admissions Office at 316-942-4291, ext. 2144. The Admissions Office can answer questions about the program and the amount Newman will contribute, and guide students to information about other financial aid they may qualify for from the university.