CSU Fort Collins adopts enhanced GI education benefits

June 27, 2011

The dependents of veterans and active-duty military members will have one less challenge when it comes to pursuing a higher education: They won’t have to worry about funding.

Colorado State University at Fort Collins announced Monday that it is offering full awards — including tuition, fees and stipends for housing and books — to U.S. military veterans or their children beginning this fall as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

“Our community, state and nation owe all those who have served in the military a great deal of gratitude and appreciation. We at CSU are pleased to be able to offer these brave men and women, and their families, this opportunity to earn a degree at one of the nation’s top public research universities,” CSU President Tony Frank said in a news release. “We are committed to ensuring CSU remains a top military friendly university.”

CSU Fort Collins has about 700 veterans enrolled, and has seen that number increase each semester by about 10 percent.

The campus expects to see an increase in the number of dependents enrolling under the program, said Glen Vance, CSU-Fort Collins Veterans Office, adding that a large number of students come from southern Colorado. Non-resident students may have the most to gain as they will be charged in-state tuition.

CSU Pueblo is not a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, but does offer programs for veterans and their dependents.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Webster University, Colorado Technical University and Troy University and several other campuses in the area participate.

The CSU program is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which pays public, in-state tuition for returning veterans. Or, their benefits can be transferred to a dependent, which makes children of active military and veterans eligible.

All students must meet academic requirements to attend CSU. Colorado State will not place a cap on the number of veterans or dependents it will accept into the program.

Contact the writer at 636-0162.

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