Earlier this afternoon, the House cleared S. 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, by a vote of 409-3. Since the Senate had approved the bill by unanimous consent on Monday, it now goes to the president to be signed into law. Passage of the legislation is a late victory for CTE advocates just prior to the end of the 111th congressional session.
This bill expands institutional eligibility for students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to include non-degree granting institutions, such as area CTE centers, as well as apprenticeship programs. This change will give veterans the opportunity to use their tuition benefits at the full range of high-quality CTE providers around the country, and to have access to both the housing allowance and book stipend that is provided under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The new institutional eligibility provisions will go into effect on October 1, 2011, in order to give program administrators time to prepare.
ACTE worked very closely with Congress on these amendments and has been advocating for this bill throughout the year. Our activities have included direct communication with key Members of Congress working on this issue, as well as numerous letters and e-mails in support of the bill. We will continue to follow the implementation of the legislation to ensure that appropriate steps are taken leading up to enactment date and that the interests of all CTE programs are represented.
We would like to thank ACTE’s Educational Institution Members and others who were instrumental in advocating for passage of this legislation. Also, please be sure to thank your Members of Congress for this important action