Forever GI Bill
Learn how the Forever GI Bill may impact you at UMUC starting in fall 2018.
This page was last updated on May 8, 2018. Please check back as we continue to update this page with the latest news.
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, known as the Forever GI Bill, affects several parts of GI Bill programs. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has new certification requirements for all schools, and at University of Maryland University College, we seek to advise all recipients of VA education benefits of the changes that may impact housing allowance rates and estimated timing of benefit payments.
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Monthly Housing Allowance
Currently, the Monthly Housing Allowance for students taking face-to-face and hybrid courses is required to be calculated based on the location of the institution where the student was enrolled. The Monthly Housing Allowance for online courses is required to be calculated based on the rate for Exclusively Online Training.
The following is effective for all courses beginning on or after August 1, 2018:
- Stateside hybrid courses: The Monthly Housing Allowance will be calculated based on the ZIP Code of the campus where the student physically attends the majority of courses. Depending on where you take courses, your Monthly Housing Allowance may change.
- UMUC Europe and UMUC Asia on-site classes: The Monthly Housing Allowance will be calculated based on the Foreign School rate. Depending on where you take courses, your Monthly Housing Allowance may change.
- Online courses: The Monthly Housing Allowance will continue to be calculated using the rate for Exclusively Online Training, and the method for calculating your Monthly Housing Allowance will not be impacted.
The payment rates for each academic year can be found on the VA website.
Due to the magnitude of the changes associated with the Forever GI Bill, the VA has informed all schools that they will be unable to process certification of benefits for the fall 2018 term until sometime in early August 2018. Students expecting to receive payments of their Monthly Housing Allowance are expected to experience processing delays of what is currently estimated to be 8 to 12 weeks.
You can seek additional details from the VA by visiting their website or by calling the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Central Standard Time).