In November of 2020, U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced legislation seeking to improve the requirements for America’s disabled service members attempting to receive federal financial aid. The Honor Our Nation’s Oath to Remember (HONOR) Our Veterans’ Sacrifice A seeks to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 by updating the definition of untaxed income and benefits by excluding veterans benefits, to include VA Disability Compensation, from the list of benefits required by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Beginning October 1, 2020, the Air Force will cut the cap for their Tuition Assistance (TA) program. The maximum amount of money airmen can receive in the next fiscal year will drop from $4,500 to $3,750, according to an announcement from the Department of the Air Force. These cuts apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs.
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 Veterans of America Survey Offers Interesting Results In March 2020, our partner organization, Student Veterans of America (SVA), conducted a comprehensive survey to determine the impact of COVID-19 on student veterans and the veteran community as a whole. The web survey, conducted between March 16th and March 19th, 2020, received a total of 567… 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 »
Everything seems up in the air right now because of COVID-19. Schools have canceled classes or have moved to an online setting. And because of this, student veterans are going to be impacted. The good news is that there is legislation that will help. The Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 was introduced in… Read more »
Good news came out with the Economic News Release, dated October 4th, 2019, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment rates are now at a 50 year low of 3.5% for September of 2019. This is down from the September 2018 rate of 3.7%. The last time unemployment rates were this low was December of… Read more »
In August of 2019, President Donald Trump announced that his administration will expedite the process for forgiving the Federal student loan debt of eligible veterans. He signed a memorandum on discharging the federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans. Doing this will order the Department of Education to eliminate the federal student loan debt owned by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled.