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The Ivies debate free tuition for veterans

April 20, 2009

Elite universities throughout the country will decide in the coming weeks whether to help veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan study for free, using their own funds to supplement the new GI Bill, which goes into effect in August.

According to the GI Bill passed into law last year, veterans can study at the most expensive public university in their state, with the government covering full tuition and many fees, or they can apply the money to tuition at a private or out-of-state university. But veterans who choose an Ivy League school, for instance, will be left with a large bill. 

The government has offered to split the difference with the Ivy League universities under a "Yellow Ribbon" program. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which administers the GI Bill, has asked universities to respond by May 15.

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