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Loyola supports military with educational funding

Loyola press release - May 10, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans will again participate in the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides financial support for education and housing to individuals who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Students with at least 90 days of combined military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or who have been honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, are eligible to apply. The program also allows the transfer of benefits to family members under certain circumstances.

Students who are eligible for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, in which the Veterans Administration and Loyola fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Loyola can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses, which the VA will match.

Last year, Loyola was only able to open the benefits to 20 students. However, this year Loyola will offer the Yellow Ribbon benefits to an unlimited number of undergraduate and graduate students and 10 College of Law students.

“Loyola is leading the away among regional universities in our commitment to veterans and their families. By offering an expanded yellow ribbon program, we honor both their service and the fact that veterans make tremendous contributions in our classrooms and communities,” said Sal Liberto, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost.

Chapter 33 recipients receive funding for academic fees and $430 for each credit hour in which they are enrolled. Once this initial amount is removed from their tuition, the Yellow Ribbon Program pays the balance to eligible candidates. Yellow Ribbon also provides students with $1,000 per year for books and supplies, and some students may be eligible for a housing allowance. The books and housing benefit does not apply to online or active-duty students.

Jack Ganthier, a theater arts major in the College of Music and Fine Arts, is able to take advantage of the program because his mother is a captain in the Navy.

“The Post 9/11 GI Bill helped me out in so many ways and really facilitated me coming to Loyola. I honestly don't know where I would be without it. It was very fortunate for me that everything came into being this year when I was starting college,” said Ganthier, whose mother transferred her benefits to him. “I really feel blessed that all of this happened to me, and I couldn't have ended up in a better place.”

For information on the program or to apply, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Post-911.htm or contact Kathy Gros at 504-865-3237 or kgros@loyno.edu.