Veterans tip of the Week – Education is Forever, and Forever is Better!
I am a big advocate for veterans using their earned VA benefits! One of the best benefits out there is the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and it just got better!
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, more commonly know and the Forever GI Bill, has over 20 different updates, changes, improvements and new initiatives for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It makes an already fantastic benefit and makes it better.
There are many changes worth looking into, but the BIG 3 are:
• Restoration of entitlement for students affected by school closures and certain disapproved courses. This can be significant if you had the bottom fall out of the program you were in.
• Elimination of the 15 year time limit to use the benefit – now it is truly forever, great if you transferred your earned benefit to your younger children.
• Can add an additional 9 months’ worth of entitlement for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) programs – this covers a lot of different majors and fits perfectly with those 5-year bachelor to master degree programs, common in STEM degree programs.
There are many other changes worth looking into, from expansion of the Transfer of Benefits and how BAH is calculated, to consolidation of benefit levels (dropped 40%, but made 50% and 60% levels broader), and may others.
Here are a few quick links to take a look for yourself. With fall semesters starting soon, NOW is a great time to get yourself in gear and get enrolled in school. You can use the Post 9/11 GI bill for adult degree programs, and receive full benefits as long as you are considered full time by the requirements of the program you are. Many schools have programs designed for working adults. No excuses!
Forever GI Bill General page: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/FGIBSummaries.asp#112
GI Bill Benefit Reallocation page: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/FGIB/Reallocation.asp
For STEM questions: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/docs/factsheets/STEMInfographic.pdf
As always, please feel free to PM me if you have questions regarding your VA Benefits. If I don’t know the answer, we will find it together. #gogetrated
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