The new, more generous federal
GI Bill set to take effect Aug. 1 couldn’t come any sooner for Illinois leaders as it should draw Illinois veterans away from a poorly funded
state program in droves and shift the burden of funding their college education
mostly to the federal government. However, the combination of a state grant
program and the old federal GI Bill has panned out to be a better deal, putting
the state in a bind as it tries to find ways to cut a budget that’s already
billions of dollars in the hole, according to The Hawk Eye.com.
Illinois Veterans Grant guarantees coverage of tuition and fees at state
colleges, universities and community colleges for residents who have spent at
least a year in active duty military service. The universities pick up the tab,
and the state is supposed to reimburse them.
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