GI Bill recipients at Ashford U. receive temporary stay of benefits


GI Bill recipients at Ashford U. receive temporary stay of benefits

by: Alex Horton | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 01, 2016

SAN ANTONIO — Thousands of student veterans attending Ashford University will temporarily avoid cuts to their GI Bill benefits, the school announced.

The Iowa Department of Education approved a 90-day delay of a decision to revoke the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for tuition, books and housing for more than 5,000 student veterans and military dependents attending Ashford, according to a recent Facebook post by the school.

Students attending the online, for-profit school were in jeopardy of losing access to their benefits by July 1. The issue stemmed from Iowa announcing the termination of GI Bill payouts after the school decided it would close their campus in that state and move their operations to California, where it would need approval from state officials there.

Iowa granted the delay of withdrawal through Sept. 18, or until California makes a decision on their certification, according to an email from the VA sent to Ashford students and obtained by Stars and Stripes. The California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education will determine whether the institution is qualified for approval by July 8, June Iljana of the California Department of Veterans Affairs wrote in an email.

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