ADVISORY- November 26, 2014: Recent Department of Defense Changes to the Tuition Assistance Program
BACKGROUND: The Department of Defense (DoD) recently updated its instructions regarding the utilization of Tuition Assistance. In these updated instructions, DoD announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve program (chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code), or any other GI Bill program other than the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty program (chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program (chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code). To implement this policy change, DoD required all schools participating in the Tuition Assistance program to sign updated memoranda of understanding stating that the schools will not certify the same class for both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607. As of September 4, 2014, all participating schools have signed such memoranda.
These limitations on the concurrent receipt of both Tuition Assistance and chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits have not yet been replicated in the DoD instructions regarding the administration of chapters 1606 and 1607. Therefore, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which administers the chapter 1606 and 1607 programs based on DoD’s instructions, is not technically prohibited from processing claims for 1606 or 1607 even though Tuition Assistance has already been used for the same classes. However, the practical effect of DoD’s changes to the Tuition Assistance instructions, and the newly signed memoranda, is that schools should no longer be providing VA with certifications for classes under chapter 1606 or 1607 if the member is also using Tuition Assistance to pay for all or part of the class.
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Rule Changes Effective as of June 5, 2014 for the Hazlewood Act. Texas Administrative Code Title 40, Part 15, Chapter 461, Subchapter A Purpose. To provide procedures and criteria for the administration of an exemption program for Texas veterans and dependents at public institutions of higher education.http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=40&pt=15&ch=461&sch=A&rl=Y
October 7, 2013
Government Shutdown and GI Bill Education Benefits
Due to the lapse in FY14 appropriations,
- Some education employees will be furloughed and will not be available to respond to emails or phone calls (including CELOs and ELRs);
- Content on the GI Bill website will not be updated;
- Users will not be able to "Submit a Question" to VA; and
- The GI Bill and SCO Hotline will not be operational.
Please note that VA is continuing to process and issue payments for education claims. School officials will continue to have access to VA-Once and should continue to submit enrollment certifications for processing to VA. Students enrolled in education benefit programs other than the Post-9/11 GI Bill may verify their enrollment via WAVE (http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/verify_attendance/) or by calling our Interactive Voice Response system at 1-877-823-2378. Those pursuing non-college degree programs under chapter 35 (DEA) should call 1-800-827-1000 to verify enrollment. Post-9/11 GI Bill students are not required to verify enrollment.
For the latest information on what is and is not impacted at VA, visit http://www.va.gov/opa/appropriations_lapse_plan.asp.
VA will resume normal operations once funding is authorized.
Services to Veterans not impacted by the Government Shutdown includes Education Benefit Claims Processing and Payments; however, the VA Call Center will be closed. Students may always email the VARO in Muskogee by going to www.gibill.va.gov, Click on "Submit a Question" and follow the prompts. Click on this PDF from the VA for additional information. PDF
EXCITING IMPORTANT NEWS FOR VETERANS, RESERVISTS, NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS!
The TTU Academic Council approved priority registration for currently enrolled veterans and servicemembers. Currently enrolled veteran and servicemember students are eligible to register for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters on the first day of registration. See the registration schedule: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/ClassSchedule/Summer&FallWebRegis.php
All VETERANS, RESERVISTS, NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS using Federal Benefits are required to submit an official copy of their military transcripts to the Office of the Registrar, Transfer Evaluation Office PO Box 45015 Lubbock, TX 79409-5015 and a photo copy to MVP@ttu.edu. Obtain your joint military transcripts at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do
State Benefit: Hazlewood News
**NEW Hazlewood Reporting Database. Proof of Online Database Registration – All applicants (veteran & dependents) must register online in order to track hours used through the program. Once registered, applicants must login and print a verification page for the MVP Department. This verification page is required each semester along with the Hazlewood application immediately following registration with no expected changes. The reporting database: https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/hsh/students/