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The GI Bill only covers 45% of current tuition, and currently the voluntary involvement with the Yellow Ribbon program amounts to a meager 18% of tuition for students in Sloan School of Management, and Urban Planning and Studies only. Students with any desire to make a career in ANY other field, even the hard sciences, are pressed out of luck.

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MIT should absolutely be

MIT should absolutely be taking steps to open its doors to veterans, at the undergraduate and graduate level. It's not just funding - there are components of outreach and accommodation that can also be considered. A veteran looking at an undergrad degree on the GI Bill after a tour of duty may be in a very different life situation than a student fresh out of high school - housing and family expectations spring to mind, not to mention the fact that they won't be in a secondary school environment that provides obvious access to SAT/ACT/AP preparation, college counseling, and all the other pieces that we might take for granted about the transition to university life. (Does the VA provide these services? Do they do a good job at it?) I expect that we can do better for our returning service members.

But as for funding, why not "be bold" and work to get *all* students funded, including (but not limited to) veterans? The GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon campaign could certainly be an integral piece of that effort, but the cost of an MIT education impacts a huge swath of students. https://future.mit.edu/graduate-all-students-debt-free