Update, WASHINGTON, D.C.— 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 they apply for acceptance to college under the Post 9/11 GI 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 as they seek to enroll into colleges and universities to pursue their postsecondary education.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill, one of the most robust veteran educational benefit programs since its inception in 1947, does not allow for the veteran to have the cost of applying to college covered by their benefits. For many college and universities across the nation, the cost of applying to the institution or specific academic program within a college or school can run into hundreds of dollars. In many instances, this could prove to be an unexpected financial obstacle to the veteran as they seek to pursue their education.
The proposed legislation in H.R. 1206 – Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017, 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 further reduce financial challenges many veterans face when they seek to pursue their college education.
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