Resources to support you throughout your GI Bill journey
As we begin 2021, the VA Education Department has reflected on the challenges uncovered over the past year and considered how we’ve adapted to meet your needs. Whether you are a veteran about to begin your educational journey with the GI Bill® or a current GI Bill student looking for inspiration to plan for your future, we understand the impact COVID-19 can have on your life. .
While there are many resources to support those dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve narrowed down a few to create a COVID-19 fact sheet with GI Bill students in mind. You can see the COVID-19 resources described below and find them listed in our COVID-19 Fact Sheet.
Here’s what you need to know:
- COVID-19 Legislation Protects Your GI Bill Benefits: As COVID-19 closed many schools and training institutions, moving many courses and programs online, GI Bill students began to wonder how this would affect their benefits and direct payments. VA and our partners have taken steps to bring these concerns to Congress. In March 2020, the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 was enacted, protecting benefits and payments from the GI Bill. If you have further questions about COVID-19 legislation, visit our FAQ page to learn more.
- Managing personal finances during COVID-19 can be very difficult, but there are tools to help you: Of apply for a VA home loan, To protect against fraudsters, there are resources that can make it easier to assess your finances and plan your budget.
- Some flexibilities are available for students receiving federal financial aid: If you are using federal aid to supplement GI Bill benefits, know the options available to manage your assistance during COVID-19 to you in 2021.
- Navigating the work scene looks a lot different to many this year: That you have been recently unemployed and whether you are looking for work or returning to work in 2021, there are resources in place to help you make these changes more manageable.
We hope you check out these resources in our COVID-19 Resource Document and find them useful, wherever you are on your GI Bill journey. While navigating COVID-19 may be difficult on its own, we strive to support your success and hope these resources will make your GI Bill travel decisions a bit easier.
If you have any questions about your particular situation, please submit your question electronically or contact the education call center at: 1-888-442-4551 (national) or 001-918-781-5678 (overseas) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST, from Monday to Friday.
Terry Warren is the Stakeholder Engagement Supervisor at the Veterans Benefits Administration.