Veterans’ Housing Stipend Available to Online Students, 9/29/11
News Brief - 9/29/11
Post-9/11 GI Bill® Expands Veterans’ Housing Stipend to Online Students
The many veterans who attend online university Western Governors University will benefit from new policy
SALT LAKE CITY Effective October 1, U.S. military veterans attending Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, will be eligible for a monthly housing stipend in addition to their tuition benefits.
The congressionally approved Post-9/11 GI Bill expands the housing stipend to veterans enrolled solely in distance learning. Under the bill, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will give a monthly stipend of up to $673.50 to eligible veterans attending WGU.
“Providing our service men and women with a top-quality education is our duty as a nation, and these new benefits will enable more and more veterans to attend the college that best fits their needs,” said WGU President Robert W. Mendenhall. “At WGU, we’re proud to have been named one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities in the country for the fourth consecutive year by Military Advanced Education, and we’re delighted that this new opportunity is available for our many students who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.”
WGU’s nationally recognized, fully accredited online degree programs are an excellent fit for veterans, service members, and their families. They are designed for adult learners and provide flexible, affordable opportunities to return to school and earn a degree. Students progress through their program by demonstrating competency, not by logging classroom hours, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in their chosen career fields. Six-month terms rather than semesters begin at the first of every month, making it easier to accommodate busy schedules. And because WGU’s tuition rates are quite modest, veterans will generally be eligible for benefits that more than cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and books.
The newly expanded housing allowance is only available for non-active-duty students who have served. The amount of the monthly stipend is $673.50 for full-time students in the VA’s 100% eligibility tier, with a percentage available for veterans with lower eligibilities. WGU students qualify as full-time if they earn 8 competency units (CUs) in a graduate degree program or 18 CUs in an undergraduate program.
Learn more at www.wgu.edu/military.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.