GI Bill changes include actual cost for in-state tuition

| August 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Army News Service
News Release

WASHINGTON — Congress made recent changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill that took effect Aug. 1.

Upcoming changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill include paying the actual net cost of all public in-state tuition and fees, rather than basing payments upon the highest in-state tuition and fee rates for every state.

“The Post-9/11 GI Bill is incredibly important because it reduces the financial burdens of higher education, so that veterans have an opportunity to achieve their education goals,” said Gen. Allison Hickey, undersecretary for benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs. “The VA believes it is important for veterans to be aware of changes to the GI Bill this year, and (for veterans to) learn more about how these changes may affect them.”

So far, more than 537,000 students have received more than $11.5 billion in GI Bill benefits to help them take charge of their future, Hickey said.

Another change involves capping private and foreign tuition at $17,500 per academic year, as well as ending payments during certain school breaks to preserve veterans’ entitlement for future academic semesters.

Additionally, certain students attending private schools in select states can now continue to receive benefits at the same rate payable during the previous academic year.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2011, eligible individuals will be able to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for programs such as non-college degrees, on-the-job training and correspondence courses. They will also be eligible to receive a portion of the national monthly housing allowance rate when enrolled only in distance-learning courses.

The VA is implementing the latest round of changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and it has already begun processing fall 2011 enrollment certifications.

The VA has also worked to increase college and university participation in the Yellow Ribbon program, which helps students avoid out-of-pocket costs that may exceed the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit. Today, more than 2,600 schools are participating in the Yellow Ribbon program.

“VA is committed to ensuring veterans have the information and tools they need to succeed,” Hickey said.

To learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, visit www.gibill.va.gov.

 

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