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Title: Education Update for Florida School Conference Attendees


1
Education Update for Florida School Conference
Attendees
  • Dennis Douglass
  • Education Service
  • Washington, DC
  • July 9, 2002

2
Topics of Interest
  • Enacted Legislation
  • PL 107-103, Veterans Education Benefits
    Expansion Act of 2001
  • PL 107-107, Defense Authorization Bill
  • Pending Legislation
  • Education Service Projects

3
Benefit Rate Increases
PL 107-103
  • Increases MGIB full time rates for 3 year
    enlistment to
  • 800 Jan 1, 2002
  • 900 Oct 1, 2002
  • 985 Oct 1, 2003
  • COLA Oct 1, 2004
  • Increases MGIB full time rates for less than 3
    year enlistment to
  • 650 Jan 1, 2002
  • 732 Oct 1, 2002
  • 800 Oct 1, 2003
  • COLA Oct 1, 2004

4
Other Rate Increases
PL 107-103
  • Increases full time rates for MGIB recipients
    with remaining Ch 34 entitlement (without
    dependents) to
  • 988 Jan 1, 2002
  • 1088 Oct 1, 2002
  • 1173 Oct 1, 2003
  • COLA Oct 1, 2004
  • Increases DEA full time benefits to 670
    effective January 1, 2002

5
Other Provisions
PL 107-103
  • Restores benefits when individual is called to
    active duty under certain sections of title 10
    USC
  • Expands MGIB eligibility for some Vietnam Era
    veterans
  • Increases maximum allowable annual Senior ROTC
    educational assistance for eligibility for
    benefits under MGIB

6
Other Provisions
PL 107-103
  • Expands approval for distance learning
    (accredited independent study program) to include
    certificates that reflect educational attainment
    offered by an institution of higher learning.
  • Includes certain private technology entities in
    definition of educational institution
  • Expands work study

7
Accelerated Payments
PL 107-103
  • Accelerated payments for education leading to
    employment in high technology industry
  • Beginning with enrollments in courses or programs
    of education on or after 10/01/02
  • Tuition and fees for enrollment period must be
    200 of the regular monthly MGIB rate payable
  • Accelerated payment is lesser of
  • 60 of established charges
  • The aggregate amount of entitlement individual
    has remaining
  • Individual must request accelerated payment

8
Accelerated Payments
PL 107-103
  • VA must publish regulations to administer
  • Proposed regulations must be published with 60
    day comment period for public to comment
  • Proposed regulations define high tech and high
    technology occupations
  • Law did not specify accelerated payment only for
    short term courses.
  • Can be used for regular college courses if
    courses lead to employment in high technology
    industry

9
Defense Authorization Bill Transferability
PL 107-107
  • Permits military services to allow service
    members, as a reenlistment option, to transfer
    MGIB entitlement to dependents
  • Must have completed 6 years and agree to serve 4
    more years
  • Transfer up to 18 months of entitlement
  • To spouse after 6 years of service
  • To children after 10 years of service
  • Children must use before age 26
  • Program criteria will be determined by the Armed
    Services Branches

10
Army 18-Month Enlistment Pilot Program
PL 107-107
  • 18 months on active duty followed by
  • 36 months in Selected Reserve and
  • Service in the Individual Ready Reserve to
    complete the military obligation
  • Not eligible for MGIB (less than 24 months active
    duty)
  • Not eligible for MGIB-SR (less than 6 year
    Selected Reserve requirement)

11
Pending Legislation
  • S. 1517
  • S. 1792
  • S. 2068
  • S. 2231
  • S. 2237
  • S. 2462
  • S. 2514
  • H.R. 745 H.R. 3734
  • H.R. 1280 H.R. 4015
  • H.R. 1962 H.R. 4085
  • H.R. 2020 H.R. 4214
  • H.R. 3465 H.R. 4546
  • H.R. 3731 H.R. 4854

12
Noteworthy Provisions
  • Increase rates (MGIB, MGIB-SR, DEA)
  • Decrease (or eliminate entirely) the monthly MGIB
    pay-in
  • Extend eligibility periods
  • Provide service members another open window for
    MGIB participation
  • Liberalize transferability criteria
  • Increase SAA funding

13
Education Service Projects
  • Monthly Verifications
  • Outreach Activities
  • Veterans Relationship Management
  • The Education Expert System

14
Monthly Verifications for MGIB-SR Begins 8/1/2002
  • Notification Letters began in May
  • Follow-up Letters in July
  • No paper forms!!!!
  • Paper eliminated for MGIB too!!!
  • Toll-free (1-877-823-2378) or Internet
    (www.gibill.va.gov/wave)

15
Outreach Activities
  • Active Duty Mailings
  • 12-month
  • 24-month
  • Near-discharge
  • Other Outreach Efforts
  • Licensing Certification Tests
  • Regular Pamphlets (Chapters 30, 32, 1606)
  • Notice of Chapter 30 Status

16
Veterans Relationship Management
  • VRM is a comprehensive strategy to improve
    customer service delivery by integrating people,
    process, and technology to manage veteran
    interactions through multiple channels
  • VRM will provide
  • A history of all claimant contact (phone, e-mail,
    letters, etc.)
  • Claimant access to frequently needed data

17
The Education Expert System (TEES) What is it?
  • A redesign of our payment systems into a single
    application within VBAs corporate environment
  • The incorporation of rules-based processing to
    automate the adjudication of education benefit
    claims
  • Changes to current applications

18
How Does It All Fit Together?
OLAF
Veteran Claims Examiners
eCERT
Training Institutions
Phase II
TEES
TIMS
DMDC Data
OSAP
WAVE
IVR - CERT
Student
Student
VRM
19
Want More Information on VA Education Benefits?
  • Send 19.95 (plus shipping and Handling) to …….
  • Or better yet surf on over to www.gibill.va.gov
  • Its fast, free, full of information!!!

20
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