GI Bill Resident Rate-Requirements from the Veterans Choice Act of 2014
Learn if your school or state complies with the requirement to charge covered individuals the resident rate for tuition and fees.
The Choice Act of 2014 expanded Fry Scholarship eligibility to surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died on active duty after 09/10/01. VA is accepting applications today. Learn more.
GI Bill Comparison Tool
The GI Bill comparison tool provides key information about college affordability and value so beneficiaries can choose the best education program for their needs.
Compare VA-approved institutions and review other information to choose the educational program that works best for you.
You served with honor and you’re ready to further your education and skills. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone.
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The transcript of the June 17, 2015 Education Service Webinar is now available. We will be answering some of the unanswered questions and including them in an updated version of the presentation.Secretary Waives Provisions of the Choice Act for Approved Programs through December 2015
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 changed the way Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves Veterans and their families. One section of that legislation requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty programs at public institutions of higher learning if a school charges certain individuals tuition and fees in excess of the resident rate for terms beginning after July 1, 2015.
VA is working to help states and territories comply with the law. Realizing the impact that a program’s disapproval would have on GI Bill students already enrolled, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has used his authority to waive the provisions of Section 702 of the Choice Act as to programs that are not in compliance for terms beginning prior to January 1, 2016, allowing additional time for states and territories to make the necessary changes, while making sure Veterans’ education benefits continue uninterrupted.
To help with your educational planning and provide transparency, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has requested that states and territories not already in compliance submit their plans for compliance by June 15, 2015.
Please check this website and our Facebook page for status updates. We also encourage you to contact your School Certifying Official for more information regarding your school’s compliance with this new law.
As of Monday April 27th, Corinthian Colleges (the parent company for Heald College, Everest College, WyoTech, and Everest College Phoenix) has closed, discontinuing instruction at all of their branches. Campuses closed include Corinthian’s 13 remaining Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College Phoenix and Everest Online Tempe in Arizona, the Everest Institute in New York, and 150-year-old Heald College–including its 10 locations in California, one in Hawaii and one in Oregon. Everest College and WyoTech campuses that were previously sold to Zenith are not affected by the announcement and will remain open. A letter to the students has been posted here:http://www.cci.edu/multime…/…/CCI-student-letter_4.25.15.pdf.
How will I continue school? Corinthian is attempting to work with other schools to provide continuing educational opportunities for all displaced students. Corinthian will be hosting meetings at their facilities for students to learn about options for continuing their education. Information regarding the closure, and the meetings, can be found on www.cci.edu.
I was using GI Bill benefits; will I be responsible for paying any money back? No debts will be created against students because of the school closure. You will only have to repay benefits if you dropped one or more classes prior to the date on which the school closed.
What happens to the entitlement I used at this school? Unfortunately, there are no provisions in the law that would allow VA to restore entitlement that has been used attending one of the schools.
Carefully consider where you go to school. Please visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool (benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison) to find an approved program of education to use the GI Bill. If you have Federal student loans be sure to utilize studentaid.ed.gov as a resource to plan your next step.
We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates on this page as appropriate. We advise all students that attended these schools to attend the informational sessions, if possible, to find out more about continuing your education. You may be contacted by a VA representative in the coming days.
Information regarding VA's collection of student outcome measures from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Allison Hickey, was been posted on our School Resources page. Please click here and view the document under "Informational Letters".
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