The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill), consists of thirty four (34) provisions. Thirty one (31) of these provisions pertain to education benefits. Below is a brief overview of some of the changes.
- For veterans (and eligible dependents) that have left active duty on or after 1/1/2013, there will no longer be a 15 year delimiting date. Benefits will remain available until the approved amount of benefit time has been exhausted.
- REAP (which was retired in November of 2015) will now become a part of the Post 9/11 CH 33 benefit category.
- The MHA will now be based on the location that classes are actually held, rather than the location of the main campus.
- Effective 8/1/2018, all new CH 35 students will have 36 months of benefits instead of the current 45 months. Any student approved prior to this date will be grandfathered in at 45 months.
- Effective 10/1/18, the benefit amount will increase for CH 35 students. The increase is to be determined.
- Effective 8/1/19, students will receive an additional 9 months of benefits for those enrolled in STEM programs. An application will be required for this extension.
- Effective 8/2/20, there will be a consolidation of the eligibility tiers for CH 33. The 40% tier will be eliminated, and the beginning tier will be 50%. There will be a significant increase in the 60% tier.
- Effective 8/1/22, select Active Duty members (CH 30) will now become a part of the CH 33 YR category.
- There is no MHA during Holiday break between the Fall and Spring semesters. The only exception being those students that take classes during the break.