Maryville College joins VA’s Yellow Ribbon scholarship program

With a Maryville College Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, 50 qualified post-9/11 veterans could attend Maryville College this fall with no out-of-pocket expenses.

The College recently signed on to participate in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, making a Maryville College education possible for men and women who joined the military after September 10, 2001.

A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, this program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Maryville College’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, valued at $15,000 and available to veterans now, is the largest award offered by participating colleges and universities in Tennessee.

With matching funds from the VA, the benefit grows to $30,000. Plus, the program offers the highest in-state public university’s tuition and fees. In Tennessee, that institution is the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, which will charge resident students $6,850 for the coming year, so that’s an additional $6,850 that eligible veterans could receive by enrolling at Maryville College. In summary, it’s possible that a veteran could receive $36,850 for a year at MC, which would more than cover the cost of tuition, room, board and other fees at the four-year, private liberal arts college.

“Maryville College is excited to be a sponsoring college for the new Yellow Ribbon Program,” said Bill Sliwa, the College’s vice president for enrollment. “Veterans are the role models and heroes of this country, and we are happy to assist them as they transition back to civilian life and higher education.

“We are willing to offer significant financial support to this group as a way to say ‘thank you’ for what they have done for all of us and our country,” he said, adding that he believed MC was a “great fit” for veterans because of their commitment to service and goal-oriented approach to living.

Other veterans who would like to begin or continue their college education also are encouraged to apply, according to Sliwa. The College accepts academic credit from the Community College of the Air Force and evaluates other military coursework using the American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Up to 12 hours credit may be granted for military coursework comparable to Maryville College course offerings.

Eligible veterans who would like more information about the College’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship should call the Office at Financial Aid at 865-981-8100 or visit

More information about the program is available on the Veterans Affairs web site,

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