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If a university closes due to coronavirus in mid term and a student is getting Chapter 35 payments,  will the VA stop paying them their education benefits?  We have a national emergency and many rules change when that happens.  Does anyone know what the VA plans to do?

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No. At the moment they are already working on this and have some things in place. Here is what I know from a contact in Voc at the RO. 

 

"BAH-- At this time, your stipend will continue as certified for the semester, even if your classes have gone online temporarily. If the school has closed entirely for the semester, you will have a 4 week allowance for BAH/subsistence but it will be discontinued after that time frame. IF your classes continue online past this term, your BAH rate will change to the online rate."

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If the VA does pay for what was certified for the term that would be great.  Now, we have to ask the university if they plan on granting credits for the term.  Would not be a good situation to have the VA grant the payments, deduct that from the 45 months of benefits and have the university not count the credits  towards graduation.   This is for dependents Chapter 35 benefits.

30 minutes ago, brokensoldier244th said:

No. At the moment they are already working on this and have some things in place. Here is what I know from a contact in Voc at the RO. 

 

"BAH-- At this time, your stipend will continue as certified for the semester, even if your classes have gone online temporarily. If the school has closed entirely for the semester, you will have a 4 week allowance for BAH/subsistence but it will be discontinued after that time frame. IF your classes continue online past this term, your BAH rate will change to the online rate."

 

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This is a good question as to what VA will do-and what BrokenSoldier states makes sense.

However I did not receive what I would call a 'stipend' under Chap 35, I received a refund from the VA, of my tuition payments ,that had to be made before the courses began each semester.

Sounds like Chap 35 has sure  changed in that respect.

My husband attended Corning NY college under VA Voc Rehab  ( and received "a stipend") many years ago- I saw on the local TV station this AM that Corning is closing temporarily and will try to continue with online classes.

Hopefully VA will issue a Press Release on Chap 35 and Voc Rehab soon.

Nothing at their web site yet-

I was to only civilian at AMU- rest of students were enlisted and officers.

And maybe a few Voc Rehabers.

Maybe their web site has something on the GI Bill and how Corona will affect them-I will check.But AMU is an online University-

https://www.amu.apus.edu

checked:  their statement is

Covid-19 AMU Community Update - We regard the health and safety of our students as paramount. AMU remains fully operational, and university officials continue to monitor this evolving situation. Please visit our coronavirus webpage for the latest information.

Certainly some staff have to make changes, but due to the uniqueness of this university - they dont have to 'close' the school They also have good info for students who might get ill or are severely affected by the virus, in any way that would impact their studies.

I hope VA makes a statement soon as to other GI Billers who attend a traditional college campus.

My church has altered many things we do there already but our Sermons are at Yuku,too.

I have been a "greeter" for about 6 years but yesterday we did not greet with the bulletins, just left them for members to pick up themselves and we did not shake hands  or have hugs.

(except a teacher friend of mine hugged me, he had forgot about the virus,) as his wife and others were getting a preservice instruction on how to handle the church nursery and junior church situations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Great, knowledgeable advice!  

VA, like the colleges, are funded a year (at least) in advance.  So I couldnt imagine them saying, "Ok teachers and Vets.  We decided to make YOU pay for the corona virus epidimic by forefeiting your salary.  

Yes, Berta, our church changed also.  We no longer shake hands, we "fist bump".  Im not sure the old tradition of handshake will ever come back, even when this is over.  

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