GI Bill Tuition Protection for Private University Students Prior to Jan 4th, 2011

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by Levi Newman on July 28, 2011

With the school year just around the corner, Congress passed a bill just in time to save a large number of student veterans.  One of the specifications of the “new” Post 9/11 GI Bill is that there is a cap on the amount of tuition the GI Bill will pay a private university.  That cap is $17,500.  One of the biggest points of contention for this new rule was its affect on students who had already been accepted or enrolled in a private university with tuition over this cap.  Bill HR 1383 protects around 30,000 student veterans in the states of Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

The main point of importance for these students is the date: January 4th, 2011.  The new GI Bill law was signed into effect on January 4th of this year.  Any veteran who was already accepted into or enrolled at a private university on or before January 4th, is safe from the tuition cap.  For these veterans, their tuition will continue to be paid as before.

Democratic Representative Bob Filner expresses that prior to this date, the academic world and veterans organizations all knew this change was going to happen.  Therefore he is firm that the January 4th cut off date is appropriate.  Alternatively, Republican Representative Jeff Miller says that he hopes more students will find their situation unchanged because of the allowance for students who were only accepted, and not just those who were also already enrolled in classes.

 

Photo thanks to Scoobie1993 under creative commons license on Flickr.

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Antoine Nious October 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Will the student still receive their monthly stipend after they have reached the tuition cap of 17,500?

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Lisandro July 19, 2012 at 4:10 am

As a recent coglele graduate, I would suggest majoring in something that your son enjoys. I majored in finance at one of the best undergraduate business schools in America. I hated it. My apathy lead to low grades and limited job prospects. Eventually, my only option was to go to law school at the mediocre University of Texas.However, if I would have majored in something that I enjoyed, but had generally lower job prospects, I might have done better.I think the most important thing is that your son attends a good coglele and makes good grades. An even the good coglele part is not necessary. You can get a Harvard education by attending Harvard, or you can get a Harvard education by making a 4.00 GPA, writing a honors thesis, and becoming a leader in student organization.So, let your son decided which course of study suits him best and encourage him to excel in that area.

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