Inside Higher Education: GI Bill Progress

Inside Higher Education recently cited Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in this progress report on veteran efforts to amend complications associated with the "Post-9/11 GI Bill" implementation.  Click here to read the full article.

A report from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) distributed at the hearing notes that, using the preliminary figures posted, "A veteran attending a private college in Texas will have their entire tuition paid no matter where they enroll, including the most expensive private school in Texas[,] Southern Methodist University (SMU), costing upwards of $33,170/yr. However, a veteran attending Hendrix College in Arkansas, which costs marginally less, $26,080/yr., will only receive about $5,000 in tuition and fees and will owe upwards $21,000/yr."

"Even more illustrative examples can be found by examining students who attend online programs like the University of Phoenix," the document continues. "If a veteran is participating in [a] nursing program based out of Arizona they will have their entire tuition and fees covered ($11,550/yr.) while a veteran participating in the same University of Phoenix nursing program based out [of] Florida will be required to pay nearly $4,000 out of pocket, even though the programs cost the same."