VA Education Benefits- Fall 2018 Updates

This post is on behalf of Patti Calandra (School Certifying Official):

As part of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill (FGIB),” Section 107 of the law requires VA to calculate monthly housing payments based on the location of the campus where a student attends the majority of their classes. If you are a student Veteran, please keep in mind your campus’s zip code may affect your payment amount. A “campus” may include internships, externships, training, practicums, etc. I am working with the VA to implement this change and ensure you receive your monthly housing payment.

You can expect to see changes in your monthly housing allowance after August 1, 2018. Please note: if you attend a campus outside of the US, you will receive the Foreign School BAH. For the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Payment Rates for 2017 Academic Year (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018), visit: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch33/ch33rates080117.asp

Even if you are not eligible for a housing benefit, you may experience delays in the processing of VA education benefit as the result of a VA directive shown below:

IF YOUR STUDENT physically attends all courses at the actual campus location of the facility code shown on the Enrollment Certification being submitted:

THEN: You may submit that student’s certification.

IF YOUR STUDENT begins a term on or after August 1, 2018, and physically attends any course (including internships, externships, training, practicums) or other aspects of their education located in any location, other than the one represented by the facility code being certified:

THEN: Please HOLD and DO NOT submit that student’s enrollment certifications until further notice.

You should complete the appropriate steps on the Temple University GI Benefits App, regardless of any expected delay in the process. As I receive updates, I will share them with you.