Can Uncle Sam Help Vets Get Bang for Their College Buck?

Veterans Affairs is promising its program will help students effectively use their GI Bill tuition funding.

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Jordain Carney
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Jordain Carney
Feb. 5, 2014, 8:02 a.m.

The Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment rolled out a tool Tues­day that al­lows vet­er­ans and their fam­il­ies to go on­line and see what col­lege costs are covered un­der the post-9/11 GI Bill.

The GI Bill com­par­is­on tool breaks down the tu­ition, hous­ing al­low­ance, and cost of books covered for more than 10,000 col­leges and train­ing pro­grams based on a vet­er­an’s cu­mu­lat­ive post-9/11 activ­ity-duty ser­vice and mil­it­ary status. The VA is also re­leas­ing the num­ber of GI Bill be­ne­fi­ciar­ies at an in­sti­tu­tion for the first time.

Vic­tor­ia Dillon, a deputy press sec­ret­ary at the VA, said the web­site culled in­form­a­tion “from more than 17 dif­fer­ent on­line sources,” adding that it is a “one-stop shop for the in­form­a­tion they need to make im­port­ant edu­ca­tion­al de­cisions.”

For ex­ample, a vet­er­an who was on act­ive duty for three years or more after Sept. 11, 2001, could get all of the in-state tu­ition cost at the Uni­versity of Vir­gin­ia paid for, as well as a $1,365 hous­ing al­low­ance per month if they are full time, and 1,000 per year for books, ac­cord­ing to the VA’s web­site.

The web­site in­cludes oth­er, non­vet­er­an in­form­a­tion on a school, such as gradu­ation rates and the me­di­an amount bor­rowed.

The VA’s rol­lout comes after the House passed le­gis­la­tion Monday that re­quires all pub­lic uni­versit­ies to give in-state tu­ition rates to vet­er­ans or risk los­ing oth­er GI Bill edu­ca­tion be­ne­fits.

A sim­il­ar pro­vi­sion is in­cluded in Sen. Bernie Sanders’s om­ni­bus vet­er­ans’ le­gis­la­tion bill that could be taken up by the Sen­ate as early as Thursday, al­though the timeline is flex­ible.

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