May

HPU Increases Support for Veteran Students Through Yellow Ribbon Program

May 04, 2016

Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawai‘i Pacific University is increasing its support for U.S. military veteran students through the Yellow Ribbon program, starting in the fall 2016 semester.

A partnership between HPU and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Yellow Ribbon program supplements the tuition benefit of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

In the fall, HPU will increase its contribution via the program to $6,550, up from $5,000. VA matches the amount to benefit Yellow Ribbon eligible students, making students eligible for up to $13,100.

"Hawai‘i Pacific University leads the state in providing higher education opportunities to military students, their dependents and veterans," said Justin Vance, Ed.D., Interim Dean of HPU’s College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education. "We are especially committed to our veterans who served on behalf of our country and deserve a quality education."

More than 1,200 veteran students used the GI Bill at the university this academic year, making HPU one of the largest educators of veterans in the state. About 700 students were eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits. HPU has placed no limit on how many eligible veterans can receive benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Department of Veteran Affairs determines students’ Yellow Ribbon eligibility.

HPU started participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program in 2009, when the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect. The GI Bill covers undergraduate and graduate degree programs at HPU. Eligible costs beyond those base benefits can be funded through Yellow Ribbon.

"I am proud that HPU and the VA can help our veterans succeed in their educational goals through the Yellow Ribbon Program," Vance said. "When I teach veterans, it adds an exciting dynamic to the classroom. They bring their experiences and real life examples into discussions and assignments. It enriches the experience for everyone involved, including the traditional students."

Hawai‘i Pacific University is on the Military Times "Best for Vets" colleges list and is the only Hawaii-based school ranked. HPU is also recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program at Hawai‘i Pacific University, call Thomas Flores, Military/Veterans Center director, at (808) 544-1121. Visit www.hpu.edu/military.