About the bill
A 2008 law nicknamed the ‘Post-9/11 GI Bill’ has helped pay for more than 1 million veterans and their children to attend college or vocational school since its passage. A new law nicknamed the ‘Forever GI Bill’ updates that legislation for the modern era, expanding many provisions and changing some of the rules.
What the bill does
Among five of the law’s most notable provisions:
- There’s no longer an expiration date for veterans to use its benefits. Previously, veterans had to utilize the benefits within 15 years of their last time in military service.
- More veterans and children of veterans will be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, created in 2008 and used by 1.4 million people since its inception to help pay for college. The ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 1st congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Aug 5, 2017
Length: 27 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 16, 2017
This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 16, 2017.
What legislators are saying
“Scott Statement on the Signing of the Forever G.I. Bill into Law by President Trump”
— Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 17, 2017
What stakeholders are saying
This bill incorporates provisions from:
S. 1598: Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017
Ordered Reported on Jul 26, 2017. 99% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 3372: To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the restoration of entitlement to educational assistance and other relief for veterans affected by school closure or disapproval, and for ...
Introduced on Jul 24, 2017. 100% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 3492: To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand educational assistance to veterans who pursue certain apprenticeship programs, to establish a pilot program for veterans to pursue certification programs in ...
Introduced on Jul 27, 2017. 44% incorporated. (compare text)
S. 1489: Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act of 2017
Introduced on Jun 29, 2017. 72% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 2068: Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act of 2017
Introduced on Apr 6, 2017. 74% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 2257: Guard and Reservists Education Improvement Act
Introduced on Apr 28, 2017. 88% incorporated. (compare text)
S. 1362: Guard and Reservists Education Improvement Act
Introduced on Jun 15, 2017. 85% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 2108: GI Bill STEM Extension Act of 2017
Introduced on Apr 20, 2017. 73% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 1391: Veterans Success on Campus Act of 2017
Introduced on Mar 7, 2017. 87% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 3218 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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