S.3503 was signed into law on Saturday, 21 March 2020 by President Trump. This new law gives VA the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of an emergency or health related situation.
With this new law, the VA is able to continue to pay education benefits regardless of the fact that a program changes from resident to online/distance training. Those individuals who were receiving the monthly housing allowance for resident training and who’s course(s) were changed to online/distance training will continue to receive the monthly housing allowance for resident training effective from 1 March 2020 to 21 December 2020.
The VA is working to immediately implement these new changes.
Please understand, the VA has agreed to pay in resident housing for classes SOLELY CONVERTED TO ONLINE BECAUSE OF COVID-19. Not all online courses will fall under this protection. All of UA Little Rock classes that were meant to be face-to-face courses that have swapped over have been switched to hybrid courses. You can tell which ones are hybrid classes by the section number, which is a three digit number. Hybrid classes are annotated by the first two digits as 9H.
If you change your schedule in any way, i.e. drop or add courses, that could affect your benefits and result in a debt letter from the VA. If you make any schedule changes please let us know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you drop or withdraw from any courses due to mitigating circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please complete this Statement of Mitigating Circumstance for COVID-19.
Please do reach out to us at email@example.com or 501-682-8387 with any questions and concerns. We will be available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Click here to see UA Little Rock’s COVID-19 Daily Digest.
Information updated April 7, 2020.