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ERIC Number: EJ898565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Closing the Gap: Helping California's Veterans Get an Equal Share of the Benefits Pie
Winston, Rachel
Community College Journal, v81 n1 p34-37 Aug-Sep 2010
To blame was a formula in the new GI Bill that provides funding equivalent to the highest-priced postsecondary undergraduate institution in the state. Because California's public schools have traditionally charged "fees" for services and not traditional tuition, many veterans attempting to attend California colleges were excluded from these benefits. Providing veterans with the help and resources to pursue a higher education is a challenge for any college, particularly California. California's public universities have since adopted a new billing line item called "Educational Fee/Tuition" that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to use when calculating maximum payments. Veterans attending California community colleges face myriad challenges obtaining the resources to which they are entitled. Many feel the process of applying for veterans' benefits is too complex. Still, California program officers say they are making strides to increase the resources available to returning soldiers. Programs such as Boots to Books, the veteran Student Alliance, and the Forgotten Soldier are having an impact. In addition, communication channels now provide greater outreach so students know what is available to them. Included herein is a list of three community colleges that were named among the Top 25 postsecondary schools in the nation for serving military students by VeteransBenefitsGIBill.com.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill