With the passing of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act-Forever GI Bill, changes are coming. See what changes may have an impact on your education benefits.
Below are some of the changes. For more information on all changes, please visit the VA's website at: Forever GI Bill.
- The 15-year time limitation to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is eliminated for Veterans who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013.
- Assistance for Students Affected by School Closures and Certain Disapprovals. VA is now authorized to restore benefits and provide relief to education beneficiaries affected by school closures or certain disapprovals.
Changes coming soon on or after August 1, 2018:
- Changes to Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA): DEA will decrease the amount of entitlement from 45 months to 36 months. This change will apply to those individuals who enroll after August 1, 2018.
- Consolidation of Benefit Levels under the Post 9/11 GI Bill program. Eliminates the 40-percent benefit level and expands the 60-percent benefit level under the Post 9/11 GI Bill program due to the aggregate service period.
- More Benefits for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs: VA will provide up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to certain eligible individuals. This expansion becomes effective on August 1, 2019