Significant GI Bill update making its way through the Hill

For your information... more on the Post 9/11 GI BillThere’s a bill making its way through the Hill that will make some well liked, if not needed, changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill for we, the end users.

H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2014, which was introduced last year (Jan 23, 2013) with a good number of cosponsors (50), is slated to make a number if changes that’ll be good for both the average post-military student and disabled vets alike. However, do note that govtrack.us is only giving this bill a 42% chance of being enacted.

Nonetheless, here is the full title which really sums up the entire 20 page bill:

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-State tuition rate, to make other improvements in the laws relating to benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Or you can just call it the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2014.

If you’re really into reading bills, like me, you can view the entire text of the bill here. For those normal people you can check out the summary, as presented by govtrack.us, below:

Do note that the first suggested change below (Section 3) is the most significant as it relates to education.

  • Section 3 – Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary, to disapprove courses of education provided by a public educational institution that does not charge tuition and fees for veterans at the same rate that is charged for in-state residents, regardless of the veteran’s state of residence. Provides for the treatment of veterans enrolled in courses at such institutions before July 1, 2015.
  • Section 4 – Extends through FY2018 the authorization of appropriations for: (1) a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team; and (2) grants to U.S. Paralympics, Inc.
  • Section 6 – Makes eligible under VA homeless veterans reintegration program those homeless veterans who are: (1) participating in the VA supported housing program for which rental assistance is provided under the United States Housing Act of 1937, and (2) veterans who are transitioning from being incarcerated.
  • Section 7 – Extends from 12 to 17 years after discharge or release from active-duty service the authorized period for veterans with service-connected disabilities to enroll in certain VA vocational training and rehabilitation programs.
  • Section 8 – Reauthorizes through June 30, 2018 (under current law, the authorization expires as of June 30, 2013) certain qualifying work-study activities for individuals receiving educational assistance through the VA.

There’s more too… follow the link above to view the entire list.

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