Over the past two weeks, the Department of Veterans Affairs has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for impacted students during this difficult time. The Senate and House passed S.3503 and the bill will be headed to POTUS to sign, which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies.
The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training.
The VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to address current and future school terms to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits.
What this means for BPCC students using a GI Bill benefit is the following:
- BPCC will not report to the VA any changes to any on campus classed becoming on line classes so there should be no adjustment in pay because of the online changeover.
- BPCC will however, continue making adjustments to your enrollment should you choose to drop classes. The procedure for drops will not change. Dropping classes will cause debt and change your monthly pay because you changed your semester hour enrollment.
Please note: If you feel you cannot manage all online classes and are forced to drop for that reason, the VA will assist with determining if the course drops will be considered “mitigating circumstances”. There is no guarantee of relief from debt but it will be worth a try if they bill you. (888-442-4551)
BPCC is encouraging you to try the very best to complete your classes online as your instructors are working very hard to make the transition as painless as possible for you.
If you are in the Louisiana National Guard and have orders to deploy due to COVID 19, please forward a copy of your orders when you receive them to Denise Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Stakes at email@example.com. Please ensure your LoLA number and full name are in the message line so we know who to reference for the military orders.
If you need additional assistance, Susan Stakes, our campus School Certifying Official can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-678-6472.
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. ~George S. Patton
We appreciate your patience during this difficult time.
Our mission, in support of the Division of Innovative Learning, is to empower military students, veterans, and their families through education benefits, transitional support, and an environment to promote academic success
Veteran Resource Center
Program Manager BPCC Veteran Resource Center
Our vision it to be recognized as a leader in higher education that provides world-class support to our military affiliated students. Our success is their success.
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.