GI Bill & Online Courses: Are Student Veterans Protected?
With COVID-19 forcing virtually all Americans indoors for the foreseeable future, many student veterans are now being forced to take their courses online. While that seems like an easy enough task with the current state of technology, it could spell disaster for those in need of GI Bill education benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs places a ‘premium’ on their face-to-face instructional training, which means, that veterans that take classes on campus will be subjected to higher monthly payments, whereas veterans who take the same courses online aren’t.
To put that in lesser terms, students who primarily receive online education courses roughly receive only half of the housing allowed to their peers.
How Do I Know if My Course is Online? Approved?
As it currently stands, all academic programs are to be approved by the VA before online instruction begins. Programs that have been deemed approved prior to the pandemic of COVID-19, and have also converted from face-to-face to online will continue to receive the same amount of GI Bill payments throughout the semester.
Sadly, if a student veteran is enrolled in an academic program, which initially did not receive any approval for online courses, they’d be susceptible to the loss of all education benefits once online instruction rolls out.
You can click here to find more information on VA-approved schools and courses.
Also, here’s a helpful article on what to do if your classes have moved online. We hope it helps!
What is Being Done About This?
This week, the U.S. Senate passed new legislation providing the Department of Veteran’s Affairs the ability to look into easing the level of restrictions on students further, however, any companion bills that have reached the House, have since completely derailed.
Tanya Ang, Vice President of Veterans Education Success, was quoted as saying, “they should know that the benefits they worked so hard for will be protected in times of crises like we’re facing now.” Everyone here at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is certainly in full agreeance!
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