Online Education and the G.I. BIll

September 11, 2001 will be marked by historians as a watershed event in American history, for many reasons.  One reason, though hardly the most important, has brought many changes to the G.I. Bill and the educational options available to members of the armed forces and military veterans.  Recognizing both the changes in military service created by the onset of the age of terrorism, and the changing nature of the American economy, the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 has modified the G.I. Bill to include new categories of eligibility and funds dispersal. On October 1, 2011, current eligible members of the American military and military veterans can use their G.I. Bill funds not just for traditional two- and four-year colleges, but also for non-college degree programs, on-the-job and apprenticeship training, flight programs, and correspondence training. This is good news for those servicemembers currently serving in the armed forces and veterans interested in pursuing the many different options for higher education, many of which are available in online formats.

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