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GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011


​The GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 was signed into law, after being written by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to expand the educational benefits of veterans.

Chairman Jeff Miller said "We are keeping our promise to America's student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill through this new legislation, enabling them to stay in the school of their choice" without incurring severe fee increases.

Highlights of the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 include:

  • By "grandfathering" up to 30,000 student veterans in seven states (Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas), those veterans did not have to change schools or drop out due to legislative changes made to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • "Grandfathering" was the first piece of veteran legislation of the 112th Congress to be sent to the President for signature into law, which was signed on August 3, 2011.
  • Eligible student veterans who were accepted, or who are enrolled, in a private school in one of the seven states prior to or on January 4, 2011, are "grandfathered."
  • The Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 restores the original Post-9/11 GI Bill method of paying tuition and fees on the maximum, in-state undergraduate fee schedule for eligible students.
  • The Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 was paid for under the PAYGO rule and did not increase the federal deficit.
  • Allows students to complete their education at the school of their choice.
  • Since its implementation in August 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has trained 1.9 million participants.

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