8 Tips for Using the GI Bill® The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has offered some guidance on getting your GI Bill benefits in a timely fashion. If you are currently using your GI Bill benefits, then you may have already received an email from the VA outlining the following information. Here’s a quick breakdown… Read more »
Signed into law on January 5th, 2021, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvements Act of 2020 will make several significant changes to your existing benefits programs. Here are the changes that will affect your GI Bill and veterans education benefits next year.
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.
The University of Arizona has acquired for-profit Ashford University, with the aims to develop it into a non-profit that will now be the University of Arizona Global Campus. The Tucson-based university announced the deal as a purchase of $1. This move comes as UA has been expanding their online presence, and it is not one that everyone is happy about. Find out why.
Summary of all the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that the VA has answered and posted online regarding Covid-19, veterans education benefits and GI Bill payments.
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 »
Find states that offer in-state tuition for non-resident veterans beyond the 3-year discharge cap. The Choice Act requires states to offer in-state tuition to non-resident veterans for 3-years after leaving the military. However, 27 states have passed laws that make veteran students eligible for in-state tuition beyond the Choice Act’s limit. With this change there is now a confusing and inconsistent patchwork of laws across the country.
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 »
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 »
The Department of Veterans Affairs Is Suspending Educational Benefits According to a Military Times article, the Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending educational benefits for new students at 5 universities: University of Phoenix Colorado Technical University American InterContinental University Bellevue University Temple University The VA is doing this because the schools have violated US law… 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 »
Why Going To College After Military Service Is A Smart Choice As your time in service is coming to an end, you might be wondering if college is the right choice for you or if you should go straight into the workforce. There seems to be a lot of options for you at the moment…. Read more »
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 6 more months before this goes into effect.
Are you thinking about what’s next after the military? Planning your transition and reintegration can be daunting, but there are some steps you can take to make the process less stressful and increase your chances for a successful civilian life. Planning For Change Practically speaking, planning a career change is not unlike a planning military… 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 »