WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that, starting tomorrow, veterans that are eligible for education benefits under the new GI Bill can apply online at the VA website gibill.va.gov. Service Members who have been active duty since September 11, 2001 will receive up to four academic years of education benefits, including stipends for housing and books.
“My father was a World War II veteran who went to school on the GI Bill to give his family a good life. Our veterans deserve the same opportunity,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I was proud to be a cosponsor of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act and will continue doing all I can to stand up for our nation’s service members and veterans.
Applicants can apply through an online form at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-1990-ARE.pdf Payments will be processed beginning August 1.
Under the legislation:
- Service members, including those returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, can receive up to 36 months of education benefits, including stipends for housing and books.
- Veterans would have up to 15 years after they leave active duty to use their education benefits.
- Veterans would have the ability to use their benefits for program fees, tuition, books and housing.
- Veterans would be able to use the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program, in which the federal government will match, dollar for dollar, any voluntary additional contributions to veterans from institutions whose tuition is more expensive than the maximum educational assistance provided under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
- Benefits are applicable for apprenticeships, vocational schools, and other non-traditional post-secondary educational settings.