WJU Yellow Ribbon program honors veterans

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On Veterans Day William Jessup University honored veterans who are participants in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The program offers any veteran who has served on active duty for at least 36 aggregate months since Sept. 11 to have the complete cost of tuition covered in any program the university offers. “This scholarship program reinforces the commitment WJU has made to those individuals willing to put their lives on the line for our country,” said Korey Compaan, Jessup’s director of financial aid. Effective Aug. 1 for the 2009-10 school year, this program was made possible by the passage of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Eligible veterans receive the cost of tuition and fees, up to the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher learning. For California, that amount is more than $13,000 per year. Rocklin resident Daniel Paulsen is just like many other traditional undergraduate students at Jessup. He is majoring in music with a concentration in business. Unlike most other young men his age, Sgt. Paulsen has spent the last four years serving in the United States Marine Corps. His active military service ended in 2007, although he remains in the inactive reserves. He and his wife Kellie moved to Rocklin where he got a job in shipping and receiving for a small arts and crafts company. Paulsen’s father-in-law was listening to the news in July and learned about WJU’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program. “I knew I wanted to go to college, but it wasn’t something I planned on doing right away,” Paulsen said. ~ Staff report