There have been many rumors circulating around campus about what is and is not affected by the government shutdown with regards to VA education benefits and the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center will do everything possible to try and answer those questions and provide the straightest scoop possible. Some common questions we have received over the last several days:
Will my tuition and housing allowance be affected by the shutdown?
The VA has passed that “claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October. However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available funding is exhausted.”
I’m on the Work-Study Program. Will I still be able to work?
Work-Study participants who report to a site supervisor that has not been furloughed will be able to continue to work, submit hours, and be paid. Those whose site supervisors were furloughed, will not be able to work or submit hours. Hours that were submitted before the shutdown should be paid out.
Who can I call at the VA about my education benefits?
Unfortunately, nobody. The VA has suspended the Education Benefits national phone number (888-442-4551) indefinitely. Contact the Barron Veterans Center for possible assistance.
Will I still be able to receive other VA benefits such as medical care?
For a breakout of what services are and are not affected, review the Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown at http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/Field_Guide_20130927.pdf.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Barron Veterans Center at 619-594-5813 or visit our office in the Student Services West building in suite 1575.