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JFK University Partners with VA Yellow Ribbon Program

August 19, 2010

Eligible Veterans Can Receive Expanded Education Benefits

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – To better support the educational needs of veterans, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, has entered into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under its “Yellow Ribbon” program. The Yellow Ribbon program, a key provision of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill®, allows the VA and the participating colleges to share in supporting students attending private and graduate, or out-of-state schools.

Normally, the VA-administered Post-9/11 GI Bill reimburses students for tuition at these institutions up to the highest in-state undergraduate tuition rate for a public institution. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, schools contribute to the difference between the in-state maximum and their usual cost and VA will match them dollar for dollar, issuing payment directly to the institution.

For a veteran attending JFK University under the Yellow Ribbon program, the out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and fees will be little, if any. The VA will pay half of the difference between the tuition at JFK University and that of a California public college. JFK University will then waive the remaining portion.

“We are extremely proud to be able to take this extra step to support the educational goals of the men and women who served this Nation so honorably,” said Dr. Steven Stargardter, President of JFK University. “We believe in the transforming power of education and are committed to working with veterans to realize their full potential.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is reserved for veterans eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill who served at least 36 months on active duty or served at least 30 continuous days before being discharged due to a service-related injury.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, passed by Congress in 2008, is the most extensive educational assistance program authorized since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. The program includes payments for tuition and fees (paid directly to the schools), a housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: