Thomas Edison State College in Trenton has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.
The program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, allows colleges to help fund tuition through the Veterans Administration so that vets and GIs can earn a college degree with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.
The timing of the announcement is a fortuitous one for the school. TESC is about to launch the Veteran Education Program, which seeks to help veterans and their family members maximize their GI bill education benefits and ease the transition for students moving from active duty to veteran status.
The program allows veterans to apply knowledge gained through military training, previous college credits, and other professional training toward a degree. It also looks to create a seamless transition for service members who begin a degree program during active duty and complete it using GI education benefits after their service is up.
TESC is a member of Operation College Promise, a group of colleges in the state that uses a $100,000 ACE/Wal-Mart “Success for Veterans” grant in order to provide statewide access to information that will help veterans to use their education benefits.