The GI Bill is changing, seemingly for the better. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is doing their part to make sure student-veterans are informed as to what those changes are and how they affect their time on campus, which is an important veterans issue.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is now known as the GI Bill 2.0. This new GI Bill will provide veterans with new and expanded benefits so they can continue to attend schools of higher education without the financial worry that comes with paying tuition and fees. It is important that both veterans already enrolled and attending classes as well as veterans just beginning their college careers understand what educational benefits are afforded them under the GI Bill.
Some of the changes started taking place August 1, 2011. Veterans already enrolled in private schools will maintain the same rate of benefits as they did the previous year, even if that number is more than the GI Bill’s new $17,500 cap on private college tuition. Tuition benefits will be paid out according to the net cost of in-state tuition, and some benefits will no longer be paid during specific school breaks.
Other changes will not start until October 1, 2011. These include veterans being able to use their GI Bill educational benefits to pursue “non-college” programs, such as correspondence courses, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. Further, student-veterans pursuing degrees through distance learning will be allotted a monthly housing allowances.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.