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POSTED: August 7, 2014 2:30 p.m.

SAVANNAH — Armstrong State University recently was named a Yellow Ribbon Program school in recognition of its support for veterans and active-duty military students.
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows approved institutions to partner with Veterans Affairs to help cover expenses that exceed the thresholds established under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
“Armstrong is proud to partner with the Yellow Ribbon Program to help our military students,” university President Linda M. Bleicken said. “We are committed to our veterans and welcome this opportunity to help them meet their financial needs. We want veterans to receive the education they deserve.”
For most student veterans taking classes at Armstrong, the Post 9/11 GI Bill fully covers public in-state tuition. However, some students do not have Georgia residency and are subject to higher out-of-state tuition rates than the VA typically allows. If those students also qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, the VA will match Armstrong’s amount given to cover their cost of tuition, making a college education easier to obtain.  
Armstrong has more than 600 military-affiliated students using benefits. The university is dedicated to veterans and active-duty military students and works hard to improve their experience at college.
Recently, Armstrong announced plans to waive all mandatory student fees for active-duty military students beginning in the fall semester, as those fees are not covered by tuition assistance.
Armstrong also has earned a military friendly designation by and has been ranked on G.I. Jobs magazine’s annual Military Friendly Schools List. The university also recently launched a Green Zone initiative to support active-duty military students and veterans on campus.


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