A lot of confusion remains over what exactly the government shutdown will and will not affect. The Texas Tech Military and Veterans Programs office says many veteran and active duty students have contacted them with concerns on how the shutdown may impact their federal education funding.
However, those students need not worry. The shutdown has no impact on their fall semester tuition, according Dr. Ryan Van Dusen, the department's director.
"I think they're mostly worried they won't get paid by Veterans' Affairs for their G.I. Bill," Van Dusen says. "But, fortunately, they still are. That part of the office and services are still open for business, so our students are getting taken care of."
While certain VA services are suspended, like call centers and regional offices, benefits like G.I Bill funding and tuition assistance aren't currently affected.
However, should the shutdown persist, it could put military students' spring semesters in jeopardy. That's because a prolonged shutdown could leave the VA with no available funds for pay out.
But, Tech says they've made a commitment to keep their veteran students in school.
"We have about 100 students at Tech that are active duty tuition assitance students that could potentially be affected," Van Dusen says. "We do have a plan in place to help them get emergency loans or extend their tuition due dates, so if it does affect them in the spring, they can still maintain their enrollment here. The biggest thing is that they're going to be enrolled here at Tech, and we'll find a way to make sure they stay enrolled."
If you are a veteran and have any questions about what VA services are and aren't affected, a full list is available at www.va.gov.
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