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.
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 »
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 Tennessee Promise Scholarship was established in 2014. It was created to help Tennessee’s high school seniors get a college degree by covering two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in the state of Tennessee. The legislation to expand this specific program to all Tennessee adults in need of an associate’s… Read more »
NOTE: To see the updated 2021 Military Pay Charts, please go here. UPDATED: The House Defense Authorization Bill includes the same 3.1% military pay raise for 2020. According to an early draft, the House Defense Authorization Bill includes a 3.1% pay raise for the military for 2020. Last month, the Senate approved a 3.1%… Read more »
Rep. Mark Takano, a Democrat representing California’s 41st Congressional District will probably become the leader of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. While Takano has not served in the military himself, members of his family have. His great uncles did so in the 442nd Regimental Combat team, which was a US Army unit of Japanese… Read more »
When you start an educational program, you expect to be able to finish that program but that isn’t always the case. One reason that can happen, that has nothing to do with the student, is when a school closes. This is exactly what is happening to schools run by the Education Corporation of America, where… Read more »
Before the holidays, you might see volunteers out adorning the graves of veterans with seasonal wreaths, most notably at Arlington National Cemetery. This isn’t just decorating for the sake of being festive, this is called Wreaths Across America and it’s a nationwide effort of coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies in all 50 U.S. states, at sea 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 »