University commits to more aid for veteran law students

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 5:59 p.m.
by Kierran Petersen

Veterans attending GW Law School could receive enough aid to cover nearly their entire tuition bill this year, the University announced Tuesday.

Veterans studying law could receive up to $47,500 in aid out of the law school’s $47,535 cost of tuition, with financial support coming from the University and the federally funded Yellow Ribbon Program, which matches a university’s aid commitment to veterans.

In previous years, law school aid was capped at $5,120 – the same as all other graduate school aid.

There is no cap for the number of graduate students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, while the University supports up to 500 undergraduates in the program. More than 400 of the 900 student veterans enrolled at GW apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program, about 70 percent of whom are graduate students.

President of GW Veterans Tommy Davis said the increase was an “outstanding” show of support for student veterans.

“It’s a significant way to show that our university is supporting veterans because not everyone does it. It’s completely voluntary,” Davis said.

Davis said the transition from military to civilian life is a significant one that could be difficult, but the University was making it easier by supporting veterans financially.

This year, GW was ranked No. 16 out of 100 schools on the G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military Friendly Schools list, which lauded the University’s support of veterans financially and through counseling.