Memo Available on Executive Order on Tuition Assistance, Veterans Benefits

May 14, 2012

Higher education institutions can refer to a memo prepared by the law firm Hogan Lovells US LLP to learn more about President Obama's April 26 executive order directing the departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Education (ED) to establish "Principles of Excellence to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability" of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and DoD's military tuition assistance program. For more information, click here.

Effective August 1, 2011

 

n Expands the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include Active Service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency (Effective August 1, 2011, but not payable until October 1, 2011).
   
n For veterans and their transferees - simplifies the tuition and fee rates for those attending a public school and creates a national maximum for those enrolled in a private or foreign school which pays all public school in-state tuition and fees. Private and foreign school costs are capped at $17,500 annually. 
 
n Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education benefit program.
 
n Prorates housing allowance by the student's rate of pursuit (rounded to the nearest tenth). 
 
n Allows reimbursement for more than one "license or certification" test (previously only one test was allowed). However, entitlement is now charged. 
 
n Allows reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT). 
 
n Allows those who are eligible for both Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (chapter 31) benefits and Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) benefits to choose the Post-9/11 GI Bill's monthly housing allowance instead of the chapter 31 subsistence allowance. 
 
n Allows VA to pay MGIB (chapter 30) and MGIB-SR (chapter 1606) "kickers," or college fund payments, on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum at the beginning of the term. 
n For Active Duty members and their transferees -- creates a national rate for those active duty members enrolled in a private or foreign school pursuing a degree which pays all public school in-state tuition and fees; while private and foreign school costs are capped at $17,500 per academic year (an academic year begins August 1). 

Effective October 1, 2011
n Allows students to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for
  Non-college degree (NCD) programs:  Non-college degree (NCD) programs offered at non-degree granting schools:  Pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $17,500, whichever is less.  Also pays up to $83 per month for books and supplies.
  On-the-job and apprenticeship training: Pays a monthly benefit amount prorated based on time in program, and up to $83 per month for books and supplies.
  Flight programs:  Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school, or $10,000, whichever is less. 
  Correspondence training: Per academic year, pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school, or $8,500, whichever is less.
  Housing allowance is now payable to students (other than those on active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning. The housing allowance payable is equal to one-half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. For example, the full-time rate for an individual eligible at the 100% eligibility tier would be $673.50 for 2011.
n Allows students on active duty to receive a books and supplies stipend.