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Howard University Now Offering Loans to Veterans

Howard University is now offering student veterans an interest-free loan of $3,000 after an investigation revealed that the prestigious D.C. university lost its accreditation. Students are required to repay the loan by December 14, 2021, which is the end of the fall semester. However, some students may not be able to pay the loan back…

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Tips for Using the GI Bill

8 Tips for Using the GI Bill

Thinking about using the GI Bill? We have summarized guidelines provided by The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Read how to use the GI Bill at CollegeRecon.

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GI Bill® and Veteran Education Benefits Changes in 2021

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.

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GI Bill Update: 48 Month Rule

Important GI Bill Update: 48-Month Rule

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.

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UA Aquires Ashford University

University of Arizona Acquires For-Profit Ashford University

UA Acquires For-Profit Institution of Higher Learning, Ashford University 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. In reality, the company that owned Ashford,…

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GI Bill Extensions and COVID-19

GI Bill Extensions Available Due to COVID-19

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…

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States Offering In-State Tuition For Veterans After 3 Years From Discharge

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.

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Maryland Protects Veterans

Maryland First State to Protect Veterans from College Profiteering

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…

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New Protections For Student Veterans During Covid-19

New Protections for Student Veterans During Covid-19

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…

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GI Bill Myths

6 GI Bill Myths Debunked

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.

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vet tec program expansion

VET TEC Possible Program Expansion

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…

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GI Bill Funds Suspended

VA Suspends Education Benefits At These 5 Schools

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…

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Corona's Impact on GI Bill

Congress to Stop Coronavirus’ Impact on GI Bill Rates

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…

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Why Going To College After Military Service Is A Smart Choice

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.…

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GI Bill Housing Payments Going Up For Some Online Classes

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…

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Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Rates Change

Post-9/11 GI Bill Payment Rate Changes

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),…

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Verify GI Bill Eligibility: A Checklist

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…

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gi bill transfer changes

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer Changes Delayed

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.

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Get A SMART Start On Your Education

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…

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