Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will offer tuition assistance to post-September 11th war veterans under a new federal program designed to make it more affordable for former members of the armed services to go to college.

The Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program, created last year by Congress, is designed to assist veterans in earning undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

LMU has agreed to provide up to $11,900 per academic year in undergraduate tuition for as many as ten eligible veterans, $2,000 per year for 15 veterans admitted to graduate programs, and $2,000 for 15 veterans admitted to Loyola Law School.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will match the amount LMU awards these students. The amount of aid will depend on the number of credits the student takes each year.

“In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for veterans to pursue a private education,” said Catherine Graham, LMU’s director of financial aid. “This new program makes it possible for LMU, in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to give additional support to the educational endeavors of the men and women who have served our country.”

Veterans are eligible for the program if they have served active duty for at least 36 months after September 11th, 2001, or were honorably discharged for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10th, 2001. The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting and processing applications.

LMU is one of 700 U.S. universities that have volunteered to participate in the program.

Those veterans interested in attending LMU should complete and submit the application form available online at www.gibill.va.gov/, and include LMU’s VA code number: 3-1-5042-05.