President Trump has signed into law the “Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act,” known as the “Forever GI Bill,” which will bring significant changes to Veterans education benefits!
This new law will allow more of you to use the GI Bill and more time to use it. Some of the changes will go into effect immediately when signed, and some are written to go into effect shortly after.
Here’s a quick overview of what goes into effect immediately:
• The 15-year time limitation for using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is eliminated for Veterans who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013, and qualifying dependents (Fry children who became eligible on or after January 1, 2013 and all Fry spouses).
• Reservists who had eligibility under the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) and lost it due to the program sunset provision will have that service credited toward the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.
• Certain work-study is permanently authorized; previously it had to be re-approved by Congress every few years.
• The VetSuccess on Campus program will be available to students across the country
• VA will help Veterans to more clearly identify schools that offer them priority enrollment