Two D.C lawmakers, Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Representative Luke Messer (R-IN), have introduced bipartisan legislation to further help veterans reduce their financial burden when applying for acceptance to college under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
The bill, H.R. 1206 – Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017, would allow the educational benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill to cover the cost of application fees for eligible veterans who seek enrollment in colleges and universities. Currently the program, one of the most robust veteran educational benefit programs since its inception in 1947, does not cover the cost of the application process. In many instances, this could prove to be an unexpected financial obstacle for the veteran as they seek to pursue their postsecondary education.
Larsen and Messer’s proposed legislation establishes provisions for the Post 9/11 GI Bill to cover up to $750 for application costs to colleges, universities, graduate programs — as well as technical and vocational schools. The goal of the bill is to reduce financial challenges many veterans face when applying to college.
“College application fees can quickly add up and pose an unexpected financial barrier to education,” Messer said in a joint statement with Larson. “Our goal is to give veterans as much flexibility and as many options as possible to help them transition from serving our country to earning a degree. This is one small way to do that.”
This article originally appeared on MilitaryOnlineColleges.org.
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