Lawmakers Move to Protect GI Bill Payouts Amid College Coronavirus Closings

Student veterans whose colleges shift to online classes in response to the coronavirus outbreak would have their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits protected under legislation introduced in the House on Wednesday.

“No student veteran, dependent, or spouse should be worried about their GI Bill benefits being reduced or cut off because of actions their school is taking in response to COVID-19,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and sponsor of the new House legislation.

Companion legislation is expected to be introduced by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jerry Moran, R-Kan., later today. The moves come as numerous institutions in recent days have announced they will cancel in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester in an effort to limit the spread of the illness, opting instead to offer instruction over the internet.

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