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1 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION LASFAA 2014 Fall Conference

2 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION VA TODAY VA Regional Processing Office (U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs) Send Certification to: VA Regional Processing Office (22) P.O. Box 8888 Muskogee, OK Fax# (918) VA Work Study Program (918) Fax# (918) School Official Hotline-1 (855)

3 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION VA TODAY U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs 4.3 Million Claims 34 K average pending claims 15 day turn around on original 5 day turn around on supplemental 2

4 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION 3

5 WHO AM I ?? Louisiana / Mississippi Edu Svc Center (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs) Mr. David M. Lewis, Education Liaison Representative Phone# (504) Mail Address: David M Lewis ELR Department of Veterans Affairs Education Service Center (22) 1250 Poydras Street Suite 200 New Orleans, LA

6 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION WHO AM I ?? Louisiana / Mississippi Edu Svc Center (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs) 228 active facilities (FY15) Total of 65 compliance Surveys Assigned to Louisiana (FY14) (20 to ELR and 45 assigned to Muskogee /Remote) ($83,000. in school overpayments, $15,000 underpayments to Veterans) LA-SAA ; 40 compliance surveys assigned ($ in school overpayments, $14,500 in underpayments to veterans) 92 active facilities (FY15) ELR-No compliance assigned this year for Mississippi (FY14) MS –SAA ; 40 compliance surveys assigned ($28,500. in school overpayments ) 8 Training events (first Flight Training for both states), 3 Conferences, 2 Webinars 5

7 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. 6

8 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available to assist students with unmet needs. This includes public schools, private schools and at branches of schools located outside of the U.S. Institutions can contribute a specified dollar amount toward those expenses, and VA will match the same amount as the institution – not to exceed 50% of the total unmet needs. Yellow Ribbon is not available to Non College Degree (NCD) only facilities. 7

9 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM Effective August 1, 2011, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® began paying: All public school in-state tuition and fees, or Up to the annual cap per academic year for private schools; or public schools charging non-residence tuition & fees and foreign schools. Note: Yellow Ribbon funds do not count toward the new annual cap. Effective August 1, 2011, the annual cap was $17,500 Effective August 1, 2012, the annual cap was $18, Effective August 1, 2013, the annual cap is $19, Effective August 1, 2014, the annual cap will be $20,

10 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM Since August 1, 2011, schools must report the actual net cost for in-state tuition and fees (T&F) after the application of any waiver of, or reduction in, tuition and fees, and any scholarship, or other Federal, State, institutional or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding Title IV aid) that is provided directly to the institution and specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees. The key in determining the actual net cost for T&F’s is excluding aid that is specifically designated for the sole purpose of tuition and fees. The difference, or a portion thereof, between the actual costs for tuition and fees and the amount of Post-9/11 GI Bill® funds can be met through matching contributions under the Yellow Ribbon Program for eligible students 9

11 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM Who is eligible: Individuals entitled to the 100% benefit rate (based on service requirements) Spouses and children using Transfer of Entitlement (ToE) benefits when entitled to the 100% benefit rate Who is NOT eligible: Individuals on active duty ToE spouses when the transferor is on active duty Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship recipients 10

12 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION YELLOW RIBBON – THE CONTRACT The IHL Must Agree to: Provide contributions to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come / first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training in any given academic year. Provide contributions during the current academic year and all subsequent academic years in which the IHL is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program provided the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance. Make contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a grant, scholarship, etc.; State the dollar amount that will be contributed for each participant during the academic year; State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made in any given academic year. 11

13 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION How To Submit the CONTRACT There will continue to be a yearly opportunity for the schools to modify, terminate, or begin their Yellow Ribbon agreement. For the academic school year 2015 – 2016, it’s March 14, 2015 to May 15, The list of participants was posted on the website in early June. 12

14 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION How To Submit the CONTRACT 1.Via to (Please attach a scanned copy of the signed 2.Via fax to with a cover sheet displaying Attn: Yellow Ribbon Team 3. Via postal mail to the following address: Department of Veterans Affairs Attn: Yellow Ribbon Program (223C) 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC If sent via or fax, retain proof of submission ( or fax transmittal). If sent via mail return receipt requested, retain proof of receipt. 13

15 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TUITION AND FEES CAPS Changes as of August 1, 2011 Tuition and Fee Changes:  No individual state cap rates (as previously used)  Public School in-state tuition and fees are fully reimbursable  The Yellow Ribbon Program can be used to cover the un- met charges (e.g. out-of-state charges at public schools)  Private school costs are capped at $ $20, annually (example: from August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015)  The Yellow Ribbon Program still exists for costs above the cap rates 14

16 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TUITION AND FEES ~ Fees FEES: The mandatory charges (other than tuition, room, and board) applied by the school for pursuit of an approved program of education. What fees can be included ? Mandatory fees that all students in that program must pay: Student Service Fee; Technology fees; lab fees, mandatory graduation fees; health insurance premiums (if not waived) etc. What fees CANNOT be included ? Application Fees; *Books; Sales Taxes; fees for food/lodging, any penalty fees (including overload fees) etc. *If the cost of books is imbedded in your T&F and cannot be broken out they can be included. 15

17 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TUITION AND FEES ~ Tuition TUITION: The actual established cost for tuition that similarly circumstanced non-veterans enrolled in the program are required to pay. What should be deducted from the amount reported ? With the exception of Title IV funds (e.g. federal student loans, Pell grants etc.) you should deduct: 1. All Federal Funds (such as ROTC, MYCAA, HPSP, GETA) 2. State and federal tuition assistance (TA) & 3. All school tuition discounts and scholarships, grants, aid or assistance that must be used solely for toward T&F 16

18 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TUITION AND FEES ~ Tuition DISCLAIMER – The lists of waivers, scholarships, aid and assistance on the previous slides are not all inclusive. Each state, employer, scholarship organization has aid programs that must be evaluated. If a payment meets the following criteria, then it must be deducted from the net charges for tuition and fees reported to VA: The payment is made directly to the school The payment is designated specifically and solely for a student’s tuition and fees 17

19 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TUITION AND FEES ~ Out of State Tuition Out of State Tuition: If a school waives the out of state charges for veterans, the school may deduct that from the out of state charges. Example: Tuition=$8000 total, $5000 if which is the out of state charge. If the school waives the $5000 out of state charge for veterans, the school will certify $3000 in-state T&F to VA. NOTE: This does not change previous advisories regarding other waivers, scholarships, or other reductions that do not differentiate between in state and out of state portions of charges. Those still must be deducted from the total net charges certified to VA. 18

20 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TRANSFER OF ENTITLEMENTS (ToE) What is it?  A component of the Post-9/11 GI Bill  Allows the service member to transfer unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to children and spouse Who authorizes transfer of benefits?  Secretary of Defense (when the Coast Guard is operating as a service of the Navy)  Secretaries of Army, Navy, or Air Force  Secretary of Homeland Security (for Coast Guard)  PHS/NOAA members are now eligible effective August 1, ( US Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association ) 19

21 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TRANSFER OF ENTITLEMENTS (ToE) To be approved to transfer benefits, servicemember must-  Be in Armed Forces on or after 08/01/09; and  Have completed 6 years in the Armed Forces; and  Agree to serve 4 more years 20

22 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TRANSFER OF ENTITLEMENTS (ToE) An individual approved to transfer benefits may-  Transfer up to 36 months of benefits  Transfer to spouse, child, or children in any amount the transferor has available  Revoke or modify a transfer request of any unused benefits unless the transferor’s 15-year eligibly period has ended.  Not transfer benefits to a new dependent once the transferor is no longer a member of the Armed Forces 21

23 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TRANSFER OF ENTITLEMENTS (ToE) Where Does the Process Begin? Service members apply for transfer of entitlement through DoD’s Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) website. DoD determines eligibility for TEB, not VA. Once eligibility has been approved through the TEB website, eligibility information will be displayed in Veteran Information Solution (VIS). Reminder: Service members must apply and be approved through the TEB website before VA can issue a Certificate of Eligibility to a child or spouse 22

24 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TRANSFER OF ENTITLEMENTS (ToE) Benefit Payments Children: Always receive the veteran rate, including the monthly housing allowance & books and supplies stipend, even if transferor is on active duty Spouses: Paid the same rate the transferor would receive Cannot be paid monthly housing allowance or books and supplies stipend if the transferor is on active duty 23

25 VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION QUESTIONS ??? 24


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