Forever GI Bill Assists Veterans with Career Training
The GI Bill could be seeing some major changes in 2018. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe released a bill in July proposing increased educational benefits for veterans especially those attending career training. Major provisions include eliminating the 15-year time limit for veterans to use their benefits and full eligibility for Purple Heart recipients.
According to Congress, as of August 2, 2017, the Senate had passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 or “Forever Bill”. The bill has been passed onto the President and is awaiting further review.
Learn more about how the “Forever GI Bill” may affect your career training.
Reserve & National Guard Benefits
Some Reservists and members of the National Guard may now be authorized to receive additional educational benefits. Formerly, only reservists who were called to active duty by presidential order to respond to national emergencies were eligible. However, reservists called to active duty by governors request for federal assistance may now be eligible to receive benefits.
Veterans attending a vocational school that closes or loses accreditation and who don’t receive credit for classes may have their benefits restored. Students at schools that close mid-semester may also be eligible to receive an additional living stipend for up 4 months.
Initially students were required to pay an entire month’s worth of entitlement for national tests such as the GRE or SAT and state licensing exams. This amendment will require similar tests to be pro-rated to the actual cost of the test.
The Forever Bill may also offer additional benefits to veterans pursing certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degrees. Students will be eligible to apply for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship which could provide students with a total of up to $30,000 in aid.
Are you a Veteran interested in a career in science? With the Forever Bill, you may be eligible to receive additional benefits to pursue a science degree. Milwaukee Career College offers career training for Surgical Technologists, Medical Assistants and Veterinary Technicians. For more information, head over to Milwaukee Career College’s Training Programs!
For updates on the progress of the bill, visit congress.gov.