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Upcoming Changes To The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (New 1/6/11)

The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 was recently signed into law.  The following are select changes to the GI Bill made by this law.

1. EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2011:

Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA educational benefit program unless under an Executive Order of the President or due to an emergency situation such as a natural disaster or strike.  Entitlement which previously would have been used for break pay will be available for use during a future enrollment.

2. EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2011:

***This is the most current information posted by the DVA.  Please check the Dept. of Veterans Affairs website at www.gibill.va.gov regularly for updates on the new law.

3. RATE OF PURSUIT FOR CHAPTER 33 (POST-9/11):
 
In a standard semester for chapter 33 students the rate of pursuit for 6 credits is 50%.  Chapter 33 students’ rate of pursuit must be more than 50% to receive the monthly housing allowance.  The monthly housing allowance will be paid for a standard semester if you take more than 6 units.  In a non-standard term, the monthly housing allowance will be paid if you take more than 6 units equivalent (see shaded table area).

4. REMEDIAL CLASSES:

You cannot get paid VA benefits or receive BAH for any remedial classes (English 009, English 010, Math 005, Math 008, Math 010 and/or Math 030) if they are offered as ONLINE classes. These classes must be taken ON CAMPUS in order to receive benefits.

5. FINANCIAL AID – BOG FEE WAIVERS:

Effective September 2010, if you are receiving financial aid (BOG Fee Waiver), we will list enrollment fees as $0 dollars on your VA paperwork when certifying your enrollment to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office. We will only request the VA Office to pay for the required health fee, College Service Charge and any materials fees charged by the school.          You will no longer be receiving refunds from the school, when we receive payment from the VA Office to pay off your required school fees.