VA Offers New Tools to Ensure Post-9/11 GI Bill Beneficiaries are Informed Consumers

What’s the first thing you do when shopping for a big ticket item? You might shop around, ask friends and relatives for their opinion or compare items online. In today’s world of instant online access to a wealth of consumer information – from online reviews to infographics comparing products, product websites and online shopping sites – consumers are used to finding and comparing information online before they buy.

Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool, you can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries.

Before this tool launched, estimating how much beneficiaries may receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit was challenging. Many beneficiaries provided this feedback to our GI Bill Facebook page. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click.

In addition, you can find and compare information on our 10,000+ approved education and training programs, including estimated tuition and fee amounts and your projected housing allowance. Also available are each school’s graduation rate, student loan default rate and Yellow Ribbon participation. Together, the GI Bill benefit estimator and school comparison information enable students to compare education options and make the best decision for their future.

Also, for the first time, VA is publicly releasing information about the number of students receiving VA education benefits at a particular school. Through the online comparison tool, students can now see how many Veterans attend the school of their choice. In the future, VA will add additional functionality to the tool, including the ability to compare up to three schools side-by-side.

Curtis Coy is VA’s Deputy Undersecretary for the Office of Economic Opportunity

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3 Comments to “VA Offers New Tools to Ensure Post-9/11 GI Bill Beneficiaries are Informed Consumers”

  1. VA is publicly releasing information about the number of students receiving VA education benefits at a particular school. Through the online comparison tool, students can now see how many Veterans attend the school of their choice.

  2. Curtis Wylie says:

    Mr. Coy,

    I completed the VRAP program in December 2013, graduating with a 4.0GPA and a Certificate in Network Security Administration. In parallel with this I have completed 12 Information Technology Certifications.

    I am forever grateful for the opportunity provided by the VRAP program. Unfortunately after 3 months, my employment quest has been unsuccessful. As someone who is over 50 and has had a gap in employment, every excuse for not hiring me has been provided. For instance, you don’t have a degree is the most common.

    Are there any programs available (similar to the VRAP) that could help me achieve at least an associates degree?

    I have joined the VA for Vets website, along with every other well known job site. I have contacted six staffing firms (placement) with no results.

    I have sent you an invitation to join my LinkedIn network where you can review my entire career path.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Regards,

    Curtis Wylie

  3. Linda ward says:

    My husband passed away Aug and I been trying to save my two bedroom moble home my husband and I made a promise to keep are moble home I need help please help me iam 64yr. Old iam not going to a home because I can stay here just help my husband said yous would befor he passed please dont let them take are home my husband was a VA 1967 he was 100 disabled retired vet