On August 16, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the “Forever GI Bill” into law.
One of the biggest educational benefit challenges facing transitioning veterans is time. Under the current law governing the post-9/11 GI Bill, veterans have 15 years to use or lose their benefits—and many transitioning vets are simply not ready to go to college when they separate from active service. Others only use a portion of their benefits to gain a certificate or other industry-related qualifications when they transition, only to have their benefits lapse when they seek to make a career change requiring additional or more advanced education.
Kristen Batista ’17 loved her undergraduate experience at Johnson & Wales University in Providence: She made great friends and memories as a member of the Wildcat Dance team and worked hard in her pursuit of her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, which she says allowed her to tie together her “specific talents and interests within the arts, humanities, and communications fields.” But before she could finish her degree on campus, her husband, Nashay, a United States Marine, received the order
The United States Navy is providing yet another way for senior enlisted members to fund their educational pursuits. On March 29, 2017, a Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) called for applications for the FY-17 Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program. The AEV program provides financial assistance to chiefs, senior chiefs, and master chief petty officers who are seeking to pursue baccalaureate and master’s level educational programs the Navy deems relevant.
It's time allocation — not management — that is important, after all!
In our November post, we discussed three things military-related students could do to get a handle on their schoolwork.
· Step one – Make the commitment
· Step two – Use a calendar and make a schedule
· Step three – Find a place to focus on your schoolwork.
For more than ten years, I have been working to help military-related students achieve their goal of earning a college degree. Whether Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, or Veteran, they all have one thing in common: the challenge of balancing mission, family-life, and school requirements.
One of the major enhancements of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is the ability for service members to transfer all or a portion of their educational benefit to their immediate family members. In a previous post, we discussed whether or not a service member should transfer their GI Bill benefits.
In this post, we take it from the position that you have made the choice to transfer your benefits — now what?
On May 16, 2016, Senate Bill S.2921 was introduced by members of the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The bill, The Veterans First Act, is a truly bipartisan omnibus package designed to bring much needed reform to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
One of the key provisions of the bill, deals with improving and enhancing veteran educational benefits for veterans and their dependents. It proposes, among other things, the following enhancements: