You Asked, VEP Answers Your Military Benefits Questions
Military Benefits Questions Answered by VEP
The Mission of the Veterans Education Project is to address the current issues that student veterans and service members face every day. They do this by reaching out to the veteran community, advocating for veterans with policy makers, and bringing every possible resource into the fight to support our nation’s heroes.
The Q&A Session with VEP
Q: Would I still be able to get in-state tuition at a university if I live in another state? For example, if I live in California and I want to go to school in Illinois, would it [the GI Bill] cover the full tuition, or do I still have to pay out of pocket? – (Marine Corps dependent)
A: When you utilize your GI Bill, you are always eligible for in-state tuition regardless of your residency.
This wasn’t always the case, though, so that’s a great question. On January 5, 2021, H.R. 7105 became Public Law 116-315, and one of the provisions demanded that a student using the GI Bill:
“…is to be charged tuition and fees at a rate that is equal to or less than the rate the institution charges for tuition and fees for residents of the State in which the institution is located,” (Sec. 1005).
Check out CollegeRecon’s article, Student Veterans Still Get Full GI Bill Benefits If Remote, for more information.
Q: How much is the COLA increase for 2022? – (Army Veteran)
A: The COLA increase for 2022 was 5.9%.
Q: Can I receive Social Security benefits if I am receiving VA benefits [at] 100%? – (Army Veteran)
A: Yes. Military veterans who become disabled during their service can collect disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at the same time.
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About the author
Robert Haynes is a retired Army infantryman who has a squad of kids and is married to an active duty Soldier. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who spent his last few years in the Army as a Drill Sergeant. He is now a full-time dad, freelance writer, and out-of-work comedian.