Just in time for Veterans Day, UNCG is launching a crowdfunding campaign to support its student veterans.

The campaign, UNCG 4 Vets, launches Nov. 8 at http://thespartanproject.uncg.edu/uncg-4-vets/. The campaign runs through Jan. 7.

One major source of support for veterans at UNCG is the university’s participation in the Veterans Administration’s Yellow Ribbon program. UNCG opted to join Yellow Ribbon, where universities agree to allocate funds to cover educational expenses beyond what is allotted through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The VA matches the university’s contribution.

Yellow Ribbon is crucial for out-of-state students paying higher tuition rates. For 2013-14, UNCG can fund up to 29 students under Yellow Ribbon, setting aside up to $6,825 per student, per year — the largest contribution among North Carolina’s public universities.

Here are a few more statistics about UNCG’s veteran population:

  • UNCG’s veteran student population has doubled since 2007.

  • UNCG’s veteran population is expected to grow as a result of both the military troop drawdown overseas and the recognition the university has received for its support of military-affiliated students.

  • The Fall 2012 class was composed of 475 students receiving VA funds, including 241 veterans and active military personnel and 234 dependents. This represents 2.3 percent of the total student body, giving UNCG the fifth largest veteran population in the 17-campus UNC system.

  • UNCG vets have an 87 percent retention rate and a 72 percent graduation rate.

  • UNCG has been recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs since 2012, placing it in the top 15 percent of colleges working to embrace veteran students. UNCG is also distinguished as “Best for Vets” by Military Times Edge Magazine, the only public university in NC with the honor.

Donations of all amounts are welcome. Consider one of the following gifts to give back to those who have served our country:

  • $11 in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

  • $29 in honor of the 29 Yellow Ribbon Recipients in 2013-14.

  • $72 in honor of the 72 percent graduation rate of UNCG veterans.

  • $99 in honor of UNCG’s support of veterans for 99 years.

  • $241 in honor of the 241 veteran and active military personnel at UNCG.

  • $1,914, in honor of the year 1914 when students from Woman’s College began assisting in WWI.

For more information, contact Sarah Kathryn Coley, associate director for Annual Giving Programs, at 336-334-5984 or skcoley@uncg.edu.