By JUSTIN POPE
AP Education Writer
When the new GI Bill kicks in Aug. 1, the government’s best-known education program for veterans will get the biggest boost since its World War II-era creation. But the benefit is hardly the “Government Issue,” one-size-fits-all standard the name implies.When the new GI Bill kicks in Aug. 1, the government’s best-known education program for veterans will get the biggest boost since its World War II-era creation. But the benefit is hardly the “Government Issue,” one-size-fits-all standard the name implies.
In fact, depending on where service members and veterans decide to attend college, they could receive a full ride, or very little.
An Associated Press review of state-by-state benefits under the new bill shows huge discrepancies in the amount veterans can receive.
— Veterans attending New Hampshire colleges like Dartmouth might get $25,000 from the government each year, and in Dartmouth’s case essentially a free ride, thanks to an additional grant from the Ivy League school. But in neighboring Massachusetts, it is a different story. At that state’s numerous private schools — many just as expensive as Dartmouth — the government’s baseline tuition benefit is only about $2,200 a year.
— Veterans who choose a private school in Texas could get close to $20,000 a semester from the government for a typical course load. Those picking schools in California will get nothing for tuition.
The explanation stems from the formula the government created, as well as a much-criticized decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs on how to implement the law.
The new GI Bill covers full in-state undergraduate tuition and fees at any public college. That’s far more generous than the old GI Bill, which provides a monthly stipend that is the same from state to state.
By JUSTIN POPE
- National News
Oil rises to near $105 on improving growth
The price of oil rose to near $105 a barrel Tuesday on expectations for rising demand as the global economy strengthens.
Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.
Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings
GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.
US stocks rise as investors close out quarter
Stocks rose broadly in midday trading Monday as the market headed for its fifth straight quarterly gain. Microsoft led the technology sector higher.
US stock market heads for a solid weekly gain
The stock market looked ready to finish off a turbulent week with solid gains Friday. Investors brushed aside concerns about higher interest rates and trouble with Russia. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was on track to close at an all-time high.
Big changes ahead for frequent fliers on Delta
Delta Air Lines is making fundamental changes to its frequent flier program and will reward those who buy its priciest tickets, as opposed to those who fly the most miles.
Burglary suspect arrested after leaving wallet
Authorities say a teenager who burglarized a Dallas police officer's apartment, taking his service weapon and ammunition, was apprehended after he lost his wallet as he fled.
Rescue delayed for icebound ship in Antarctica
The latest attempt to rescue passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week was delayed again today after sea ice prevented a barge from reaching one of the rescue vessels.
Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx
Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.
'Montana Dueling Dinos' to sell at NYC auction
"Montana Dueling Dinosaurs" are up for sale at Bonhams auction house on Tuesday for an estimated $7 million to $9 million, a price out of the reach of most museums.
- More National News Headlines
- Oil rises to near $105 on improving growth