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Important GI Bill Update - COVID-19

UW Tacoma received an important update about the GI Bill concerning the COVID-19 national emergency. You can view the full text by expanding the section below.

From the beginning of COVID-19, we have been working with Congress to preserve GI Bill® benefits for those of you impacted by COVID-19. In the Spring of 2020, the President signed Public Law 116-128, then Public Law 116-140 (Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. These laws give VA temporary authority to pay education benefits and Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments to GI Bill students at the resident rate when their programs are converted from in-person to online learning solely due to COVID-19 until December 21, 2021.

Originally, these special COVID-19 laws were only in effect from March 1 to December 21, 2020. However, in the fall of 2020, these laws were extended by PL 116-159, section 5202, applying special COVID-19 rules until December 21, 2021. These laws cover situations where 1) your school is offering hybrid training (combining online with resident training) or 2) where your school is offering you the option to choose online training in lieu of resident (physically in person) training. Additionally, VA will afford these same protections if you are a new student. While there is no requirement that you must have a previous history of taking resident courses, you must at least be enrolled in an officially “converted course” (a course which your school previously offered as resident training prior to COVID-19, but now offers online due to COVID-19).

What does that mean? In summary, Post-9/11 GI Bill students enrolled in approved resident (physically in-person) courses at a rate of pursuit of more than 50%, which have been converted to online learning solely due to COVID-19, will continue to receive benefits, including Monthly Housing Allowance, at the resident rate until December 21, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training, whichever comes first.

The Veteran & Military Resource Center cannot provide in-person services at this time due to precautions around COVID-19. Staff members are working remotely and can be reached by email. For general inquiries, please contact uwtva@uw.edu.

Contact Information

Front Desk Phone: 253-692-5723

About the Veteran and Military Resource Center

The Veteran and Military Resource Center (VMRC) at UW Tacoma serves as a resource for students providing support and referrals throughout campus and our community. The VMRC is also responsible for developing and offering campus programming that benefits our military-connected students. The VMRC comprises two staff: the Veteran and Military Services Staff and the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) Staff.

The Veteran and Military Services Staff is here to help military veterans and their dependents access their VA educational benefits and Washington state tuition waivers. Our benefits advisors can provide you with general benefit information as well as certify your educational services.

Co-located in the VMRC space is VIBE. VIBE provides an applied training environment that supports military veterans’ entrepreneurial aspirations and promotes their understanding of the current startup life cycle.

Alaska Airlines began sponsoring the VMRC location in 2016. This sponsorship includes a ten-year $20,000 annual donation to the center—the fund aids in providing student supportive programming and VIBE event backing.

Veteran Services Staff

Director 
253-692-4810
 
Veterans Benefits Advisor/
School Certifying Official
253-692-5721
 
Team Leader & Assistant to Veterans Benefits Advisor/
School Certifying Official
253-692-4923
 
Abby E. Murray, MFA & Ph.D.
Instructor, Army War College Fellows
Military-Connected Career Development Specialist
253-692-5689
 
PAVE Team Leader
253-692-5723
 
WDVA Veterans Corps Navigator
253-692-4845
 
Student Veteran Admission Ambassador

VIBE Staff

VIBE Director
253-692-5813
 

TLB 307A  |  Phone: 253-692-5723  |  Fax: 253-692-4788  |  uwtva@uw.edu   |  Mon – Fri:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.