What Could the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 Mean for You

Near the end of 2011, the GI Bill Fairness Act was signed into law as an amendment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller said, “We are keeping our promise to America’s student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill through this legislation, enabling them to stay in the school of their choice without incurring severe fee increases.”

At issue were changes to the Post 9-11 GI Bill which went into effect in August, capping the covered fees at $17,500 per year at private institutions. In seven states, that would have meant a lower coverage amount than previous years, leaving students to drop out or cover the balance out of their own pockets.

The GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 “grandfathers” up to 30,000 student veterans in Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

Eligible student veterans who were accepted, or who are enrolled, in a private school in one of these states prior to or on January 4, 2011, will receive payment for tuition and fees on the original maximum, in-state undergraduate fee schedule, allowing them to complete their education at the school of their choice.

If you have been in school in one of these states and feared you would be unable to complete your program, contact your student advisor or federal aid advisor.

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