VA Policy Shift May Harm Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to resume a policy of cutting into the tuition payments from the Post-9/11 GI Bill for veterans with outstanding debts. In a letter sent recently to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, higher education associations warned that the new policy "violates the faith and intent of the enrollment certification process," in which a veteran enrolls in college under the assumption that the Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover the costs. Two U.S. Senators have also sent a letter to the VA Secretary asking him to reconsider the policy change. The college associations have requested a system in which college officials can check on veterans' benefit eligibility, overpayment amounts and other factors that can affect the amount of aid they receive.

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