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Student Veterans Can Still Get Full GI Bill Benefits Even If Remote

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Congress allows remote veteran students to still receive full GI Bill benefits

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Congress will extend the GI Bill protections for student veterans that are still required to take remote classes. This will help many veterans who are attending college, and who have no choice but to still be remote.

Before the pandemic, veteran students who went to school remotely received half of the housing benefit. In 2020, they allowed veteran students who had to go to school remotely to receive the full amount. This helped fill in the financial gap when students who were normally in school traditionally needed to start schooling online. This was set to expire on December 21st.

On December 8th, The U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Mike Levin’s (D-CA) Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) act. This was introduced in October with Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairmen Mark Takano (D-CA). On December 15th, the act was passed by the Senate and is now awaiting signature by the President.

This will extend these benefits from expiring from December 21st to June of 2022.

“At a time when we are trying to keep veterans housed and encouraging them to pursue a higher education, the last thing we can afford is to let these protections expire and risk derailing their studies or, even worse, forcing them out of their homes. I’m encouraged to see our bill pass the House today to protect student veterans’ benefits and I’m optimistic we can get it to President Biden’s desk soon.” – Rep. Levin.

The American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America (DAV), National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators (NAVPA), Veterans Education Success (VES), as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have endorsed this legislation.

This will be a good thing for student veterans who are attending school remotely. Many have been concerned about this upcoming December expiration date on the extra GI Bill benefits that they have been receiving.

 

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