Section 109 of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to restore entitlement to beneficiaries affected by a school closure or disapproval (if the disapproval was due to a change in law or VA interpretation of statute).
The law defines two types of restoration of entitlement cases:
Beneficiaries will qualify for the Special Application provision if:
Beneficiaries will qualify for Regular Restoration of Entitlement if:
When a school closes or is disapproved during an active term, enrolled beneficiaries may be eligible to continue receiving MHA payments until the original end of the term or for 120 days (whichever occurs sooner). This MHA payment can only be made if the closure/disapproval happened on or after August 16, 2017.
Note 1: There is no entitlement charge for MHA payments made during this time period.
Note 2: By law VA is not authorized to make the above described MHA payments until August 1, 2018. If your school closed or was disapproved prior to this date and if you are due an MHA payment, VA will make that retroactive payment after August 1, 2018.
If your school closed and you believe you meet the requirements outlined above – please go to the GI Bill website and complete the Educaton Benefit Entitlement Restoration Request Due to School Closure or Withdrawal form.
Submit that form online though the “Submit a Question” button on the GI Bill website or via mail to:
or to your Regional Processing Office.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Education Service Call Center at 888-442-4551. The Call Center is open from 7:00am – 6:00pm Central Time.
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated November 28, 2017