Summary

2/3/2014--Passed House amended. GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2014 - (Sec. 4) Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), for purposes of the All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on Feb 3, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate.

Date Introduced
Jan 23, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require courses of education provided by public institutions of higher education that are approved for purposes of the educational assistance programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to charge veterans tuition and fees at the in-State tuition rate.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. APPROVAL OF COURSES OF EDUCATION PROVIDED BY PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR PURPOSES OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS CONDITIONAL ON IN-STATE TUITION RATE FOR VETERANS.

(a) In General.--Section 3679 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subtitle, the Secretary or the Secretary's designee shall disapprove a course of education provided by a public institution of higher education unless the institution charges tuition and fees for a veteran at the same rate as the institution charges for residents of the State in which the institution is located, regardless of the veteran's State of residence. The Secretary shall notify the State approving agency of the Secretary's disapproval of a course of education under this subsection.''. (b) Treatment of Enrolled Benefits Recipients.-- (1) In general.--In the case of a veteran or eligible person who is enrolled before August 1, 2014, in a course...

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474 Supporting
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State: CA

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Organizations Supporting

This will encourage public universities to charge veterans the in-state tuition rates when using the GI Bill to fund the education if they are out-of-state residents.

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DisabledVeterans.org 2 years ago

This will encourage public universities to charge veterans the in-state tuition rates when using the GI Bill to fund the education if they are out-of-state residents.

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DisabledVeterans.org 2 years ago

Charge in-state tuition for all veterans using GI Bill - HR 357 and S 944, cosponsored by Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL), Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME), Senator John Boozman (R-AK), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL). These bills would require all schools that accept GI Bill dollars to charge the in-state tuition rate for veterans using the GI Bill. This closes a loophole where vets who - due to their military service - aren't legal residents of any state, get stuck with a bill for the education that the GI Bill was supposed to cover. http://iava.org/press-room/press-releases/iraq-afghanistan-veterans-demand-action-congress-adjournment

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because it will allow me to return to my home state to pursue an education without incurring the cost of out of state resident tuition.

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SChron29
TX-26
11 months ago

I support H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because...I am 42 year old veteran of Desert Storm. I was eligible for the Montgomery G.I Bill for a period of 10 years. Due to family hardships and working beyond full-time to keep my family healthy and safe. I was unable to enroll into college until recently. 7 months into my Information Security degree. The VRAP funds have been arbitrarily cut during the spring quarter. I now have to enroll in a part-time status to work and support my wife and children. I feel my dreams of being a cyber-security professional are slowly slipping away. The U.S. government will send over a billion dollars to support a hopeless country like Ukraine. Yet we do not have the funds to give the most honorable of its citizens a chance at a degree. I would love more than anything to get a Certified Ethical Hacker certification. Help give me a chance to defend and stop cyber-criminals. Not force me into hardship and join the scum of the internet simply to pay for college. I would gladly volunteer to support your next election campaign in a networking and security role. H.R. 357 has been passed by the house but is now a simple amendment to a much larger VA bill that has very little to do with helping Heroes for Hire. The Secretary of Defense has called for a 300% in cyber-security professionals. Congress is mandated by the Constitution to review and fund the Executive branch initiatives as directed through the Commander in Chief. Training 10's of thousands of kids fresh out of high school is not the answer. Look towards the honorable and ethical veterans desperate for a chance to make a difference.

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InfoSecStudent
OR-4
11 months ago

I support H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because... I am currently enrolled in college full time - I am taking five classes, working part time (two jobs - one as a reporter for an agricultural newspaper and one as a constable in my town) and serving as a volunteer for more than half a dozen community service organizations. I've asked for the 10 year deadline on the GI Bill to be removed so that I can finish school - as it is VRAP will end before I obtain my associate's. I encourage my legislators - all of you - to extend this program. Let us finish the semester without worrying how we will feed our children, pay the rent, put gas in the car. Let us earn our degrees and return to work - no longer SNAP or Medicaid recipients but contributing members of society. Let your servicemen and women...continue to serve. With pride.

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SarahLHamby
CT-2
1 year ago

I support H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because... my father is a vet currently in this program, he is midwäy in his semester . If you end this program my father along with countless vets will be forced quit school due to the lack of funding. we need to support are vets that are trying to re educate themselves and we enter the work force.Are goverment will support endless wellfare programs but wont support re education programs.. please act now and support this bill.

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RachelRogge
IL-10
1 year ago

I support H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because... I am enrolled in school at this time. I still have until August 2014 for completion of my course "Database Application & Computer Programming" this course was not Pell Funded by the government and should VRAP not be extended I will not be able to complete the course which would be a great loss of the funding that has already been invested. Also this is the first program that I have not had to worry about working full time and being able to pay my living expenses - I am a single mother and what an accomplishment that I will have once completed. This has been such a great program for me and my future to be self sustained. Gussie C. Janoski

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FL
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Fabulous33
FL-22
1 year ago

I support H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because I have used the GI Bill myself for an advanced academic degree. An educated populace is the surest way to ensure the continued prosperity of this nation.

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MJWENZEL
FL-7
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because..."and for other purposes."

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TimothyL.O'Neil
VA-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because..it's not the federal govt's business to get involved in state run education (or any education.)

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Dr.G
MO-1
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because...Students have free will.The Secretary of Veteran Affairs in my view really mustn't pick and choose what a student or lower ranking soldier or soldier [emertus] can and cannot major in.I also oppose the "same" in rate tuition charge.Veteran's should be tuition-free as it was during the days of "within my top three favorite Presidents", President Franklin Deleno Roosevelt.

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Tiloehler
NC-8
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 because...government needs to stop messing with markets. If we stopped government backing of student loans and in/out state tuition nonsense we could actually have market competition.

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JLFM
NV-2
1 year ago

States should have the right to subsidize educational opportunities for children of its citizens, who pay the taxes which support the subsidies. In effect, this bill treats States (like California) unfairly which heavily subsidize tuition. Veterans should receive in-State tuition in their State-of-residence, but not in all States. The effect of this bill, is to promote a National education system, which can produce the same sort of mess as National Healthcare. The educational system should remain State and local.

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FL
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Anonymous491228
FL-27
1 year ago

I regrettably must oppose H.R. 357: GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013. While I certainly support providing all benefits promised to veterans at the time they were inducted, especially the educational benefits, I must oppose this bill because it is clearly a violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. I am upset and angry that so many elected officials at the federal level seem to ignore our basic, fundamental law. I sometimes wonder if America would not be better off to do away with the legislature and courts, and program a computer with the constitution.

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RyansDad
NV-2
1 year ago

Bill Summary


2/3/2014--Passed House amended. GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2014 - (Sec. 4) Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), for purposes of the All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program and the program providing educational assistance to individuals who commenced service in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, to disapprove courses of education provided by a public institution of higher education (IHE) that charges tuition and fees for veterans living in the state in which the IHE is located at a higher rate than it charges residents of such state, regardless of the veteran's state of residence. Makes this provision applicable only to: (1) veterans who were discharged or released from at least 90 days of active service less than three years before their date of enrollment in the applicable course, and (2) courses that commence on or after July 1, 2016. Prohibits the Secretary from disapproving a public IHE's course on the grounds that the IHE conditions such veterans' receipt of in-state tuition rates on their: (1) demonstrating an intent, by means other than physical presence, to establish residency in the state; or (2) satisfying other requirements not related to residency. (Sec. 5) Makes eligible under VA homeless veterans reintegration program those homeless veterans who are: (1) participating in the VA supported housing program for which rental assistance is provided under the United States Housing Act of 1937, and (2) veterans who are transitioning from being incarcerated. (Sec. 6) Extends from 12 to 17 years after discharge or release from active-duty service the authorized period for veterans with service-connected disabilities to enroll in certain VA vocational training and rehabilitation programs. (Sec. 7) Reauthorizes through June 30, 2018 (under current law, the authorization expires as of June 30, 2013) certain qualifying work-study activities for individuals receiving educational assistance through the VA. (Sec. 8) Sets forth the responsibilities of each Director and Assistant Director of Veterans' Employment and Training (assigned to each state by the Secretary from among personnel within the Veterans' Employment and Training Service), including: (1) monitoring the performance of veterans' training and employment programs, with special emphasis on services to disabled veterans; (2) addressing program performance deficiencies and establishing higher performance goals; and (3) reviewing program funding and assisting with funding requests. (Sec. 9) Amends provisions concerning the Transition Assistance Program of the Department of Defense (DOD) (employment and job training assistance and related services for members of the Armed Forces being separated from active duty and their spouses) to require such Program to include: (1) information about disability-related employment and education protections, (2) instruction in the use of educational assistance entitlements, (3) appropriate courses, (4) instruction on the financing of post-secondary education, and (5) information on benefits provided under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) and in other subjects determined by the Secretary concerned. Requires the VA Secretary to submit to the congressional veterans and defense committees the results of a study to determine the feasibility of providing veterans' benefits instruction at all overseas locations where such instruction is provided through a joint contract with the Secretary of Labor. (Sec. 10) Requires veterans' disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation that is being increased in compliance with the Veterans' Compensation Cost- of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013 to an amount that is not a whole dollar amount to be rounded to the next lower whole dollar amount. (Sec. 11) Prohibits the Secretary from paying any performance award to a VA Senior Executive Service employee during FY2014-FY2018. (Sec. 12) Directs the Secretary to make semiannual reports to Congress that include the cost and certain other details regarding travel by VA employees: (1) outside this country or its territories, commonwealths, possessions, or territorial waters if the federal government is paying for the travel; and (2) to any location inside or outside this country if a person or entity other than the federal government is paying for the travel. (Sec. 13) Directs the Secretary to report: (1) each case of a notifiable infectious disease or condition that is diagnosed at a VA medical facility to the appropriate state entity and to Congress, and (2) each of those cases that is also classified as a health-care-associated infection sentinel event to the facility's accrediting organization. Authorizes a state, if the Secretary fails to report such a disease or condition, to a file civil action against the Secretary to recover the penalty the state would require a non-federal medical facility to pay for failing to do so. Directs the Secretary to suspend a director of a Veterans Integrated Service Network that fails to comply with such reporting requirements. (Sec. 14) Requires the Secretary to establish procedures to ensure that a visual recording made by the Secretary during the provision of medical care is made only with the full and informed consent of the patient or the patient's representative. Excepts recordings made: (1) pursuant to a determination by a physician or psychologist that such recording is medically necessary or necessary for the patient's safety, (2) pursuant to a court order or warrant, or (3) for general security purposes in a public setting where a person would not have a reasonable expectation to privacy. (Sec. 15) Amends the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to extend through May 31, 2014, the veterans retraining assistance program. Directs the Secretary to submit to Congress an interim report on the retraining assistance provided under such program.

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