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house Bill H.R. 4830

Should Vets Get a 90-Day Grace Period From Colleges When GI Bill Funds Are Delayed?

Argument in favor

Minor delays in funding should not affect veterans’ educations and ability to use their GI bill benefits. In this case, occasional delays in the receipt of VA funds are not indicative of ineligibility or inability to pay; so the fact that some educational institutions do not allow a grace period while VA funds are pending seems nonsensical.

Chickie's Opinion
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05/21/2018
Unfortunately, this bill is necessary. The under staffing and mismanagement at the VA offices is an acute problem. Many of our veterans are working either full time or part time and cannot afford to delay their progress in higher education due to issues at the VA. Our veterans did not delay in their duty while serving due to administration issues; they deserve the same when using the benefits earned from their service.
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OlderNWiser's Opinion
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05/21/2018
Yes, of course, and I would add that everyone deserves this 90 day grace period to pay for college since reimbursements from everywhere can be so delayed. I ended up using my credit card to pay for my Masters waiting for partial reimbursement from my employer. Imagine how financially catastrophic it is to run up credit card debt for education. Our military and their families serve our country every one—mothers and children in military families sacrifice more than imaginable—so of course these patriotic people deserve any available support. Thank them for their service.
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Connor's Opinion
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05/21/2018
As a Air National Guard member and headed to Purdue for college, the GI bill pays for most of my tuition. I would like to have this as a fallback program just in case payments can not be made in time. There are already grace periods for paying back loans, why not for furthering one’s higher education?
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Argument opposed

There is no reason why the VA should be funding GI bill education behind schedule; this bill is unnecessary as long as the VA meets educational institutions’ funding deadlines responsibly. Colleges shouldn’t be required to grant a grace period to veterans just because the VA doesn’t have its act together.

MIKAL's Opinion
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05/21/2018
WE the PEOPLE are REQUIRED to PAY OUR TAXES & BILLS ON TIME.... IT is no less INCUMBENT that our Gov’t does the same! IF OUR OWN GOV’T can NOT pay ONTIME, then we have a bigger mess in DC than we thought. THIS bill should not even be necessary. HOW about a BILL REQUIRING our Gov’t Depts to PAY ON-TIME with consequences of termination for leadership that fails to make sure it happens.
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Jason's Opinion
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05/21/2018
Congress’s unwillingness to properly fund the VA is creating regulatory uncertainty in the markets that serves veterans. The correct solution is to ensure the VA can pay its obligations in a timely manner. Not to outsource congressional responsibilities to the private sector. Again.
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Larry's Opinion
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05/21/2018
What is it about Congress that makes them want to dictate every tiny thing? This is between a college and it's students.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed May 21st, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 382 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Economic Opportunity
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 18th, 2018

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What is House Bill H.R. 4830?

This bill — the SIT REP Act — would require educational institutions receiving funding from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide a 90-day grace period for veterans whose GI Bill funds are delayed, thus enabling them to continue their education in the interim. Currently, the VA pays for the tuition and fees of veterans at higher education institutions under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the vocational rehabilitation and education benefits program. The VA makes these payments directly to the institutions, usually at the start of the academic term; however, payments are occasionally delayed for various reasons, and in those instances, some institutions will ban beneficiaries from beginning or continuing their educations.

Under this bill, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs could approve only those institutions that allow veteran beneficiaries to attend the institution for up to 90 days after the VA certifies that the student is eligible for benefits, regardless of whether the VA has made payments of tuition and fees. Under this bill, the Secretary would be empowered to disapprove institutions that do not adopt this policy, making such institutions ineligible for VA funding.

The bill’s full title is the Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress Act.

Impact

Higher education; veterans; and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4830

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have an insignificant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced this bill to ensure that veterans’ educational opportunities are not harmed by bureaucratic red tape:

“I filed this common sense bill in response to several student Veterans who were subject to punitive action by their school because it received payment from the VA after a certain deadline.  Veterans should never experience financial harm or delays in education due to bureaucratic red tape in processing paperwork at the VA or school. The GI Bill is already a wonderful benefit that our Veterans have earned and this legislation just makes the program better.”

This bill has seven bipartisan cosponsors including four Republicans and three Democrats. The American Legion supports this bill.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress Act

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the disapproval of any course of education for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs unless the educational institution providing the course permits individuals to attend or participate in courses pending payment by Department, and for other purposes.

    Unfortunately, this bill is necessary. The under staffing and mismanagement at the VA offices is an acute problem. Many of our veterans are working either full time or part time and cannot afford to delay their progress in higher education due to issues at the VA. Our veterans did not delay in their duty while serving due to administration issues; they deserve the same when using the benefits earned from their service.
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    WE the PEOPLE are REQUIRED to PAY OUR TAXES & BILLS ON TIME.... IT is no less INCUMBENT that our Gov’t does the same! IF OUR OWN GOV’T can NOT pay ONTIME, then we have a bigger mess in DC than we thought. THIS bill should not even be necessary. HOW about a BILL REQUIRING our Gov’t Depts to PAY ON-TIME with consequences of termination for leadership that fails to make sure it happens.
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    Yes, of course, and I would add that everyone deserves this 90 day grace period to pay for college since reimbursements from everywhere can be so delayed. I ended up using my credit card to pay for my Masters waiting for partial reimbursement from my employer. Imagine how financially catastrophic it is to run up credit card debt for education. Our military and their families serve our country every one—mothers and children in military families sacrifice more than imaginable—so of course these patriotic people deserve any available support. Thank them for their service.
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    As a Air National Guard member and headed to Purdue for college, the GI bill pays for most of my tuition. I would like to have this as a fallback program just in case payments can not be made in time. There are already grace periods for paying back loans, why not for furthering one’s higher education?
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    Yes! Our Military men and women have served our country with honor and we need to honor them as they transition back into our communities. They have earned this benefit - and should not be penalized because bureaucracy is figuring out how to handle their end of the deal.
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    Congress’s unwillingness to properly fund the VA is creating regulatory uncertainty in the markets that serves veterans. The correct solution is to ensure the VA can pay its obligations in a timely manner. Not to outsource congressional responsibilities to the private sector. Again.
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    This should have been in place long ago.
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    What is it about Congress that makes them want to dictate every tiny thing? This is between a college and it's students.
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    I used it, and know I would not have been able to finish my BA if the Vets program would not have been available when I needed it.
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    They have done more for our country than most in government.. that they served is a good enough reason
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    Common sense?
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    It’s not the Vets fault!!!
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    It's hard enough to go to school. Let alone have your semesters or quarters interrupted because of government inadequacy. The goal is educated veterans. Let the VA pay a fine for late payment on its contract to pay tuition.
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    Ninety days seems to be only a token regarding the sacrifices made. There should be no limitation.
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    This country only pays weak lip service towards taking care of our veterans. This would be one tiny step in the right direction.
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    Bureaucratic Red Tape-should not delay Veterans from benefiting from due financial aid.
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    This is a common issue with the VA and although it needs to be addressed there as well it’s difficult to transfer this money and it wouldn’t be the vets who suffer
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    Take care of our vets.
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    As long as the funds are really coming yes
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    Not the vet’s fault. Once again time to get our government to do its job.
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