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Foster Votes To Improve Tuition Assistance, Job Training For Veterans

Feb 3, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Today, Congressman Bill Foster voted for H.R.357, the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act, which will improve tuition assistance and job training for returning veterans.  The bill will allow veterans to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at any public college or university.  The bill also renews existing work-study and job training programs.

“Our commitment to our veterans doesn’t end when they leave the battlefield,” said Foster. “I am proud to support these investments in tuition assistance and job training to help our veterans build the skills they need to be successful in civilian life.”

In addition to expanding eligibility for in-state tuition rates, H.R.357 extends the work-study program for veterans through 2018, extends the eligibility for vocational rehabilitation and training assistance to 17 years after the end of a veterans’ active duty service, and expands the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to include an estimated 5,000 additional beneficiaries.

More information on the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act is available here.

According to the US Census Bureau, nearly 35,000 veterans live in Illinois’ 11th Congressional District.