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Education and Training

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Education Service (School Certifying Official) Webinar Slides Available

September 18, 2015 2:45 PM

The transcript of the September 16, 2015 Education Service Webinar is now available. We will be answering some of the unanswered questions and including them in an updated version of the presentation.


Release of the Revised School Certifying Official (SCO) Handbook

September 18, 2015 11:30 AM

Education Service is pleased to announce the release of the fifth edition of the School Certifying Official Handbook. The Handbook has been revised to include additional information and updates suggested by School Certifying Officials through their Education Liaison Representatives. A list of revisions can be found on page 8 of the handbook, which can be accessed and/or printed from the “School Training and Information Recourses” page of the GI Bill website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/school_training_resources.asp


Department of Education - College Scorecard

September 18, 2015 7:50 AM

Are you, or someone you know, about to choose a college? If so, check out the newly revised College Scorecard from the U.S. Department of Education (ED)! President Obama announced ED’s College Scorecard on Saturday.

“Everyone should be able to find clear, reliable, open data on college affordability and value,” the President said. “Many existing college rankings reward schools for spending more money and rejecting more students -- at a time when America needs our colleges to focus on affordability and supporting all students who enroll.”

The College Scorecard has been revamped to provide unbiased information to help students make informed college choices. Improvements were made based on direct input from students, their families, and their advisers. Information includes average annual cost, graduation rate, average salary for a graduate, student body demographics, typical debt amount, test scores, and more. Finally, the College Scorecard features our GI Bill Comparison Tool as the official companion tool to research approved GI Bill programs and calculate your benefits!

Visit College Scorecard today at http://collegescorecard.ed.gov/


Updated Education Service (School Certifying Official) Webinar Slides Available

July 22, 2015 8:30 AM

The updated transcript of the June 17, 2015 Education Service Webinar is now available including answers to unanswered questions asked during the Webinar.


New Rates Published

July 21, 2015 3:09 PM

The new tuition and fee, Monthly Housing Allowance, and distance learning rates for academic year 2015 - 2016 under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are now available on our Rate Tables page.


GI Bill Survey

July 21, 2015 9:30 AM

More Information Letters/emails have been sent to a randomly selected group of GI Bill beneficiaries requesting their participation in a survey related to VA education benefits. The first wave of correspondence went out in early July and subsequent surveys will follow. The survey will allow us to identify areas for improvement in regards to our administration of education benefits. For more information please visit our GI Bill Survey website.


Yellow Ribbon Program Information Available For 2015 - 2016 Academic Year

July 9, 2015 9:05 AM

The Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program 2015 – 2016 list of participating schools and rates is now available.


Education Service (School Certifying Official) Webinar Slides Available

June 26, 2015 11:45 AM

The transcript of the June 17, 2015 Education Service Webinar is now available. We will be answering some of the unanswered questions and including them in an updated version of the presentation.


Secretary Waives Provisions of the Choice Act for Approved Programs through December 2015

May 15, 2015 10:50 AM

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 changed the way Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves Veterans and their families. One section of that legislation requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty programs at public institutions of higher learning if a school charges certain individuals tuition and fees in excess of the resident rate for terms beginning after July 1, 2015.

VA is working to help states and territories comply with the law. Realizing the impact that a program’s disapproval would have on GI Bill students already enrolled, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has used his authority to waive the provisions of Section 702 of the Choice Act as to programs that are not in compliance for terms beginning prior to January 1, 2016, allowing additional time for states and territories to make the necessary changes, while making sure Veterans’ education benefits continue uninterrupted.

To help with your educational planning and provide transparency, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has requested that states and territories not already in compliance submit their plans for compliance by June 15, 2015.

Please check this website and our Facebook page for status updates. We also encourage you to contact your School Certifying Official for more information regarding your school’s compliance with this new law.


Corinthian College Students - What You Should Know

April 30, 2015 3:05 PM

As of Monday April 27th, Corinthian Colleges (the parent company for Heald College, Everest College, WyoTech, and Everest College Phoenix) has closed, discontinuing instruction at all of their branches. Campuses closed include Corinthian’s 13 remaining Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College Phoenix and Everest Online Tempe in Arizona, the Everest Institute in New York, and 150-year-old Heald College–including its 10 locations in California, one in Hawaii and one in Oregon. Everest College and WyoTech campuses that were previously sold to Zenith are not affected by the announcement and will remain open. See the letter to the students.

How will I continue school? Corinthian is attempting to work with other schools to provide continuing educational opportunities for all displaced students. Corinthian will be hosting meetings at their facilities for students to learn about options for continuing their education. Information regarding the closure, and the meetings, can be found on http://www.cci.edu/update.php.

I was using GI Bill benefits; will I be responsible for paying any money back? No debts will be created against students because of the school closure. You will only have to repay benefits if you dropped one or more classes prior to the date on which the school closed.

What happens to the entitlement I used at this school? Unfortunately, there are no provisions in the law that would allow VA to restore entitlement that has been used attending one of the schools.

Carefully consider where you go to school. Please visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool to find an approved program of education to use the GI Bill. If you have Federal student loans be sure to utilize studentaid.ed.gov as a resource to plan your next step

We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates on this page as appropriate. We advise all students that attended these schools to attend the informational sessions, if possible, to find out more about continuing your education. You may be contacted by a VA representative in the coming days.


Letter to Institutions of Higher Learning Regarding Student Outcome Measures Posted

April 14, 2015 2:35 PM

Information regarding VA's collection of student outcome measures from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Allison Hickey, was been posted on our School Resources page. Please click here and view the document under "Informational Letters".


Education Service (School Certifying Official) Webinar Slides Available

April 9, 2015 1:15 PM

The transcript of the March 26, 2015 Education Service Webinar is now available online. Click here to view the presentation. We will be answering some of the unanswered questions and will amend the presentation once that is complete.


Yellow Ribbon Program Season Now Open!

March 16, 2015 8:15 AM

March 15 to May 15, 2015 is the period VA will accept new Yellow Ribbon Program agreements, modifications to existing open-ended agreements, or withdrawal from participation. See the Yellow Ribbon webpage for instructions and forms.


Open Season for the Yellow Ribbon Program

March 5, 2015 11:10 AM

The open season for the Yellow Ribbon Program will take place from March 15 through May 15, 2015. Schools may apply for participation, modify existing agreements, or withdraw from the program. More information will be posted at that time on the Yellow Ribbon webpage for schools.


Revised School Certifying Official Handbook Released

February 11, 2015 1:10 PM

A revised version of the School Certifying Official Handbook is available for use. The revisions address the expansion of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship to eligible surviving spouses and modifications regarding the use of Tuition Assistance for Chapter 1606 and 1607 benefits. Additional information on the revisions may be found on page 7 of the handbook. Access the SCO Handbook by clicking here.


Pat Tillman Military Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

February 3, 2015 12:50 PM

The Pat Tillman Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the annual application process for the Tillman Military Scholarship. As a supplement to the Post 9-11 GI Bill, the scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend, for eligible service members, veterans or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees as full-time students at a public or private, US-based accredited institution. The application for the 2015-2016 academic year will remain open until Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:59:59 EST at http://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/.


School Certifying Official Webinar Transcript Available

December 22, 2014 10:15 AM

The transcript of the December 3, 2014 School Certifying Official Webinar is now available online. Click here to view the transcript.


VA Now Accepting Fry Scholarship Applications from Eligible Surviving Spouses 

November 7, 2014 3:59 PM

VA is accepting applications for the Fry Scholarship from surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died on active duty after September 10, 2001. Review this fact sheet to find out if you may be eligible for this benefit. To apply for the Fry Scholarship, complete this application. Submit your application by mailing the completed form to the Regional Processing Office for the state where your school is located (addresses found here), or by emailing the completed PDF application form through our secure email system. Click here to create an account in our email system. You will be able to use your account to send the PDF application form to a customer service representative for processing.


Fry Scholarship Program Expansion

October 22, 2014 3:05 PM

The Fry Scholarship Program will expand to include surviving spouses of those who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Click here for more information.


New Rates Published

August 15, 2014 3:55 PM

The maximum Tuition & Fee amounts and Monthly Housing Rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the basic monthly rates for the Montgomery GI Bill, REAP, and Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program are now available on the Rate Tables page.


8 Keys to Veterans' Success

July 16, 2014 2:55 PM

The “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” (8 Keys) are a voluntary initiative through the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Education. They highlight specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans as they pursue their education and employment goals.

Click here for the letter from Allison A. Hickey, Under Secretary of Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs and Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, Department of Education, encouraging institutions of higher education to affirm support for the 8 Keys to Veterans' Success.


Yellow Ribbon Program Information Now Available For 2014 - 2015 School Year

May 29, 2014 2:22 PM

The list of schools participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2014 - 2015 school year is now available. Please click here for more information.


Reminder to Students and School Certifying Officials

May 21, 2014 9:55 AM

Requests for copies of student eligibility documentation, i.e. Certificates of Eligibility, Award Letters, etc. must be made in writing by using the “Submit A Question” feature of our website, through postal mail, or facsimile. No verbal requests for documentation can be accepted for security reasons.


Open Season for 2014 Yellow Ribbon Program Participation

March 14, 2014 10:22 AM

The open season for the 2014 - 2015 academic year Yellow Ribbon Program participation runs from March 15 - May 15, 2014. See our Yellow Ribbon Program school administrator's page for more information.


VRAP Announcement

March 10, 2014 9:59 AM

VA’s authority to issue payments under VRAP ends March 31, 2014. To ensure payment for current enrollment periods, VA School Certifying Officials should submit all enrollment certifications no later than March 17, 2014. Enrollments will not be accepted after that date. If your enrollment period extends beyond March 31, you may be eligible for an additional lump-sum payment to complete the training period. Learn more on the VRAP website.

Students currently receiving VRAP benefits may verify their enrollment for March as usual through VA’s Web Automated Verification of Enrollment or Interactive Voice Response on or after March 31. To verify attendance, visit the WAVE website or call the automated verification line at 877-823-2378, or the customer service team at 888-442-4551[7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (CDT)]. Students must notify School Certifying Officials and VA at 888-GI Bill-1 (888-442-4551) of any changes in enrollment that occur on or after April 1, 2014.


Pat Tillman Military Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

February 19, 2014 9:19 AM

The Pat Tillman Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the annual application process for the Tillman Military Scholarship. As a supplement to the Post 9-11 GI Bill, the scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend, for eligible service members, veterans or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees as full-time students at a public or private, US-based accredited institution. The application for the 2014-2015 academic year will remain open until Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:59:59 EST at www.PatTillmanFoundation.org/scholarship.


School Certifying Official Webinar Transcript Now Available

February 18, 2014 10:33 AM

A copy of the January 9, 2014 webinar is now posted online with a copy of the powerpoint used in the presentation and questions & answers from the presentation.

Click here to visit the School Certifying Official Training Presentations page. 


GI Bill Comparison Tool Online

February 4, 2014 10:00 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching an innovative new GI Bill Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for Veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to enable student Veterans and their families to compare education options and make informed choices that will help them reach their educational goals and find a good job.

Click here to visit the Comparison Tool


Centralized Online Complaint System Now Available

January 30, 2014 11:14 AM

The centralized online reporting system is designed for Veterans, Servicemembers, and eligible dependents to report negative experiences with educational institutions; and gives the federal government the information needed to identify and address unfair, deceptive, and misleading practices and ensure high quality academic and student support services are available for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families.

Click here to access the Complaint System 


Announcement of Centralized Online Complaint System

January 9, 2014 10:38 AM

This letter announces and explains the forthcoming online complaint system required by Executive Order 13607. Click here to view. 


October 9, 2015 4:30PM