Confusion reigns over retroactive payments for underpaid GI Bill recipients

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Confusion reigns over retroactive payments for underpaid GI Bill recipients

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has no plans to retroactively pay student veterans who might get lower monthly housing stipends than they are legally entitled to receive during the next year.

The incorrect payments that will be made during the next year are a result of setbacks in implementing a new “Forever” GI Bill – a major expansion of veterans’ education benefits that Congress passed last year.

Part of the new GI Bill changed how veterans’ housing allowances are calculated – they’re now supposed to be based on where veterans take classes, rather than defaulting to their school’s main campus. The change was supposed to be made by Aug. 1, 2018, but information technology problems have now set back implementation to Dec. 1, 2019.

The affected veterans should be getting paid larger housing stipends because their location has a higher cost of living than where their school is based. For example, a student attending a University of Pennsylvania campus in San Francisco will receive a Philadelphia rate for their housing allowances during the next year rather than the San Francisco rate, which would be much higher.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.558508WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has no plans to retroactively pay student veterans who might get lower monthly housing stipends than they are legally entitled to receive during the next year.

The incorrect payments that will be made during the next year are a result of setbacks in implementing a new “Forever” GI Bill – a major expansion of veterans’ education benefits that Congress passed last year.

Part of the new GI Bill changed how veterans’ housing allowances are calculated – they’re now supposed to be based on where veterans take classes, rather than defaulting to their school’s main campus. The change was supposed to be made by Aug. 1, 2018, but information technology problems have now set back implementation to Dec. 1, 2019.

The affected veterans should be getting paid larger housing stipends because their location has a higher cost of living than where their school is based. For example, a student attending a University of Pennsylvania campus in San Francisco will receive a Philadelphia rate for their housing allowances during the next year rather than the San Francisco rate, which would be much higher.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.558508