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Area schools’ contributions to Post 9/11 GI Bill listed

Area colleges are among over 1,100 in U.S. that agree to aid service members’ education.

As part of the White House’s Post 9/11 GI Bill, many colleges in the region have agreed to help fund service members’ education.

Through the bill’s “Yellow Ribbon Programs,” service members will receive “the most generous educational benefits package since the original GI Bill of 1944,” according to a White House news release.

More than 1,100 colleges throughout the country agreed to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The bill also allows unused benefits of eligible members to be transferred to their families.

Locally, the following colleges offered the following benefits per student per year:

• Johnson College – $2,000.

• Keystone College – $3,000.

• King’s College – for 100 students: $6,000 to undergraduates, $8,500 for Graduate Physician Assistant Division students.

• Lackawanna College – $11,160.

• Penn State University – $4,006 for 160 students in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Abington and Worthington campuses.

• University of Scranton – $10,000 for undergraduates, $5,000 graduate and doctoral students.

• Marywood University – $7,500 for 20 students.

• Misericordia University – $4,500 for 25 students.

• Wilkes University – for 75 students: $3,945 to undergraduates, $4,720 for School of Pharmacy students and $135 for graduate students in the School of Business and School of Engineering.

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