Post-9/11 GI Bill Stipends Will Not Be frozen

It was recently suggested the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee freeze Post-9/11 GI Bill living stipends for all beneficiaries. The freeze was to be used to protect and stabilize the rates of tuition for those veterans attending private universities and colleges. Freezing the stipends is no longer being considered as a possibility.

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla) suggested a new solution, HR 1383. This bill would alter the home loan origination fees charged on VA home loans. This change would only be imposed on those veterans who are already in receipt of a VA-backed loan and are once again attempting to use the program. It is hoped by doing this, the $50 million cost of preventing tuition and fee cuts for approximately 30,000 veteran-students would be covered.

There are 7 states using the Post-9/11 GI Bill for veterans attending private schools. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) placed a $17,500 cap on payments for private school tuition, and this cap starts Aug. 1, 2011. This means for those veterans attending private schools in these states, their tuition payments would be higher than the amount of educational benefits they received from the GI Bill’s cap.

HR 1383, if passed, will continue to pay students their current tuition and fee rates at the private schools. The $17,500 cap for the veterans using Post-9/11 GI Bill, then, would only be imposed on students who first enroll in schools after the bill is signed into law. It is important to note HR 1383 does not attempt to impose a fee hike. Rather, it operates to limit the amount of reduction in fees set to happen on Oct. 1, 2011.

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