On October 28, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent emails to those of us who have used, are using, or are eligible to use the GI Bill, notifying us of big changes to the “48-Month Rule” that has applied to some veteran students and beneficiaries.
GI Bill Extensions Available Due to COVID-19 ATTENTION GI Bill Beneficiaries: Thanks to the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 and Public Law 116-140, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been authorized to extend the eligibility periods for students who were pursuing a course of instruction with their GI Bill benefits when their school… Read more »
Maryland First State to Protect Veterans from College Profiteering Effective July 1st, 2020, the Veteran’s Education Protection Act, which was passed in the Maryland General Assembly on May 7th, removes any incentive for an educational institution operating in Maryland to employ deceptive practices that defraud veterans. What’s the Issue? There has been a practice at… Read more »
What I Wish I’d Known Before: Transferring GI Bill to Dependent Perhaps you are an Airman whose wife wants to go back to school and get her Master’s degree. Maybe you are a senior in high school contemplating a four-year university whose mom is a Marine. Regardless of the type of higher or supplemental education… Read more »
Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 On April 28th, 2020, the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 was signed into law by President Trump. The bill was introduced in late-March by Representative Mark Takano (D-CA-41) and gathered widespread support by many in Congress over the past few weeks. The law addresses education programs… Read more »
Don’t miss out on maximizing your GI Bill opportunities because you believe one of these 6 myths. We debunk these GI Bill myths so that you can make the most of your military education benefits.
Technology is something we cannot live without in today’s society. We are dazzled, delighted, and inundated by it, and it reaches into nearly every aspect of our lives. These days, most kids seem to have IT skills innately woven into their DNA. I watch in awe as my children program on Minecraft, create their own… Read more »
Finding The Right College When You Are Using Your GI Bill If you are a service member or veteran, you could be making plans to use your GI Bill. As you are trying to figure out what you want to do, you might be overwhelmed with your options. Which school would be best? Where can… Read more »
Update 03/21/2020: The legislation to protect veterans from the impact of campus closures has been signed by President Trump, thus safeguarding GI Bill benefits (Housing Stipend) from being reduced for veterans who were forced to take classes online due to the coronavirus. House and Senate lawmakers have introduced bills that could stop the impact of… Read more »
If one of your parents has served in the military and can receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, they might be able to transfer those benefits to you. That way, you can pay for college to get the education you want. However, sometimes things can go wrong. Here’s one person’s GI Bill horror story.
Full MHA Rates For Hybrid Classes With The Post 9/11 GI Bill Starts Now As of August 15th, 2019, hybrid classes will now be eligible for the full MHA (Monthly Housing Allowance) rates for housing with your Post 9/11 GI Bill. This will apply for classes that start Aug 15th, 2019 or later. It is… Read more »
On August 1st, 2019, Post-9/11 GI Bill payment rates changes will go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year. The rates change each year to keep up with the average cost of undergraduate tuition rate changes in the US. These amounts below are for those who receive 100% of their Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33),… Read more »
Not all programs are created equal. You’ll want to make sure that your degree program is GI Bill eligible. Schools aren’t “GI Bill approved”, but degree programs must be. Make sure to verify that your degree program is GI Bill eligible. Verify GI Bill Eligibility of Your Degree Program There are a couple of key points… Read more »
One great aspect of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, was the ability to transfer to your spouse or dependents. Up until this week, the changes with GI Transferability were due to take place on July 12, 2019. However, the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer changes have been delayed to January 12, 2020. Giving six more… Read more »
The process for getting your GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is relatively easy. There’s one thing you definitely need to remember. Submit your “Application for VA Education Benefits” well before you fully enroll in school. Why Do You Need To Submit GI Bill COE Early? The VA clearly states that the process takes up… Read more »
In this series of articles I have covered many of the lessons I learned the hard way – through personal experience. The tips and tricks I have learned will help you navigate the process and “red tape” of military and veteran education benefits. For this article I am going dive a bit deeper into an… Read more »
This article will focus on how to deal with the GI Bill process issues you may face. But, before I start, I want to make it clear I am not VA bashing. The VA accomplishes great things with limited funding, short staffing, and often antiquated systems. When I started earning my degree, I encountered several… Read more »
This series of articles focuses on the lessons I learned that will help you get the very most from your military and veteran education benefits. Most service members and veterans are unaware that using their education benefits wisely can unlock unlimited education and career opportunities. Multiple Uses For the GI Bill In fact, you can… Read more »
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides you with assistance for tuition and fees, gives a monthly housing allowance to those who qualify, and gives an annual books and supplies stipend. Here we explain how to get your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. RELATED: Calculate Your BAH with Our BAH Calculator How To Get Your Post 9/11… Read more »
BAH Calculator for US military personnel and their families who are relocating or planning to move. Also can be used by veterans or those looking to use their GI Bill benefits as a Post 911 GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance rate calculator.
VET TEC (Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses) is a Department of Veterans Affairs pilot program for GI Bill® eligible Veterans. VET TEC will help veterans, like you, start a career as a Cyber Warrior. The training provided through this program is set up for basic IT skills, but those same skills can also be… Read more »
GI Bill payment rates are based on each school year. They will be sent from August 1st of one year to July 31st of the next. GI Bill Housing Payment Dates GI Bill housing payment dates usually occur at the beginning of each month. These are different than GI Bill payments which are sent directly to… Read more »
2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill. Here’s a look at how transformative the GI Bill has been over the past seventy-five years. What is the GI Bill of Rights? Originally, the GI Bill was called the GI Bill of Rights and offered federal aid to help veterans buy homes, get jobs and… Read more »
Latest Updates for GI Bill Housing Payments Delay: Aug 2019: GI Bill housing payments have gone up for some online classes. Classes considered “hybrid” may be eligible to receive full Monthly Housing Allowance for eligible parties. For more, please go here. Dec 2018: On Nov. 28, the VA announced that it would be more than… Read more »
While some of the Forever GI Bill changes went in to effect right away, other changes are being slowly implemented and will continue to do so for the next few years. Here are the latest Forever GI Bill updates as well as what has already been implemented in 2018 and 2019, and what is ahead… Read more »