GI Bill

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Not waiting for Congress to act, President Barack Obama signed an executive order 27 APR aimed at protecting military families and veterans from the deceptive practices of some for-profit colleges. Recipients of the GI Bill are often targeted by "diploma mills" because of the "easy availability of the federal loan money." The order will make it harder for post-secondary and technical schools to misrepresent themselves. Four protective actions included in the order aimed at preventing the predatory practices are:
1. Know Before You Owe” – Schools will be required to provide this federal form explaining financial aid to veterans and military personnel on he GI Bill.
2. Schools that Comply – The VA will post on its website which schools have agreed to follow the executive order and follow the protections.
3. Registering the "GI Bill" – To protect the term from being misused, the VA will register the term.
4. Complaint Central – the federal government is ordered to establish one central location where veterans and military families can report a problem or file a complaint making it easier for federal agencies to investigate.
The VA website offers a step-by-step process to the GI Bill, programs and benefits at http://www.gibill.va.gov and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has a very helpful site at http://newgibill.org that contains a GI Bill calculator as well as advice from a fellow Vet and information about schools. [Source: Off The Base Bobbie O’Brian article 27 Apr 2012 ++]

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