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Housing Payments For Veterans and Eligible Dependents Using Post 9/11 GI Bill® May Change Starting August 1st Due to Changes in Federal Law

U.S. Veterans Administration will begin using campus zip codes in the Fall of 2018 to
calculate monthly 
housing payments for Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits potentially impacting many of the
1,200 Veterans and Eligible Dependents attending Maine’s Public Universities

The University of Maine System is encouraging all Maine Veterans and eligible dependents utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill® to finance a college education to be aware of changes in federal law that could significantly impact housing allowances.  More than 1,200 Veterans and eligible dependents attend Maine’s public universities.

Starting August 1, 2018, the U.S. Veterans Administration will calculate monthly housing payments based on the actual zip code of the location where the student physically attends the majority of their classes.  The change applies to all students under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and could result in a housing allowance change of as much as $700 per month based on a geographic distance of just 25 miles between campuses.

The University of Maine System serves as the State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Education Programs and is reaching out to college and university leaders across Maine to create awareness of the new federal guidelines and to encourage outreach to students.  More than 3,500 GI Bill® beneficiaries receive an estimated $25 million in benefits each year in Maine.

Veterans and eligible dependents attending Maine’s public universities are encouraged to visit the System portal set up for Veterans and the military service community or by contacting the VA Certifying Official at their University directly:

http://www.maine.edu/transfer-students/veterans-and-military/

UMA:          Laurie Krzywda –krzywda@maine.edu,  (207) 621-3458
UMF:          Susan Enman — enman@maine.edu,  (207) 778-7243
UMFK:       Yvaina Plourde –joycep@maine.edu,  (207) 834-7823
UMAINE:  Tony Llerena –um.veterans@maine.edu,  (207) 581-1316
UMM:        William Weaver –wweaver@maine.edu,  (207) 255-1330
UMPI:        Nola Belanger –nola.belanger@maine.edu(207) 768-9540
USM:         Lorraine Spaulding –lorraine.spaulding@maine.edu,  (207) 780-5232
USM:         Camden Ege –camden.ege@maine.edu,  (207) 228-8534

Students at any institution can learn more by contacting their school’s VA Certifying Official or visiting benefits.va.gov/gibill.

AWARENESS RESOURCES:

  • Link to letter shared with Maine College and University Leaders
  • Link to a flyer for reproduction and distribution
  • For interviews or appearances please email or call Robert B. Haley, Director of the State Approving Agencies at (207) 582-2100

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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