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Tuition-Free Education for Veterans

Date: 6/24/2009

Alvernia University is pleased to announce its participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program effective August 1, 2009. The program will allow qualified veterans of the U.S. Armed Services to earn an Alvernia degree at no cost to them.

The Yellow Ribbon Program at Alvernia will provide funding for an unlimited number of qualified veterans in the 2009-2010 academic year.  Alvernia will offer those qualified an award that will cover the difference between federal veterans subsidies and Alvernia tuition and fee expenses for the traditional undergraduate and doctoral program students. Veterans enrolled in Alvernia’s graduate and nontraditional undergraduate programs are eligible for funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

“It is very much in keeping with the mission of Alvernia University to expand our service to veterans in this way,” said Dr. Thomas F. Flynn, president of Alvernia University. “Alvernia has long been a champion of adult students who pursue education as a means to change careers, gain promotion, or enrich their lives. These veterans are women and men who deserve our gratitude and our support as they seek to begin or complete a college degree.”

Established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program provides veterans with supplemental education financial support, by allowing colleges and universities in the United States to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state tuition rates.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is available to veterans who served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months; veterans who were honorably discharged from active duty for service connected disability and who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; and individuals who are dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under this bill based on the veteran’s service. Application for eligibility should be made through the VA.

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program at Alvernia University please contact The Office of Student Financial Planning online or call (610) 796-8356.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.