Forever GI Bill Gets Passed

Posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 17:54

On August 2, the U.S. Senate passed the Forever GI Bill (FGIB) in a unanimous vote. The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously, 405-0, to pass H.R. 3218 a few days ago. Next stop is the President's desk for signature.

The FGIB includes the following:

  • Restoration of entitlement to Post-9/11 educational assistance for veterans affected by closures of educational institutions.
  • Eliminates the current time limitation to use the GI Bill for new members of the Armed Forces. Student veterans currently have 15 years from the date of their last active duty discharge to use the benefit.
  • Changes the current rules that require that a veteran be charged a whole month of entitlement to pay for any national test (GMET, GRE, SAT etc.) or test that is required for state licensing. Instead of a full month of entitlement this bill would require that the test be pro-rated to the amount of the actual cost of the test.

For a full version of the FGIB, download it here.

Please join MHEC for the webinar Forever GI Bill - Your Questions Answered with Mr. Will Hubbard, vice president of government affairs at Student Veterans of America, on September 21 at 1:00 CT. Mr. Hubbard will provide a brief background on how the Forever GI Bill came to fruition and highlight some of the major components that will have the greatest impact on postsecondary institutions. Register here.

Further questions may be addressed with Sara Appel, project coordinator of the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit at (765) 586-6512.