Senator Charles E. Schumer today introduced legislation to protect tuition benefits for New York veterans that are set to be drastically reduced in August. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, passed in 2008, veteran students were eligible for full tuition benefits at public institutions, or they could receive up to the same benefit amount if attending a private institution. Thousands of veterans applied to and were accepted by private universities with the understanding that their tuition would be fully covered. However, as a result of a 2010 law, benefits for students attending private institutions will be capped at $17,500 in the next academic year – a potentially drastic cut that will cost many New York veterans of thousands of dollars each year. Schumer's legislation would allow those veterans who were receiving tuition benefits under the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill to keep the benefits they were promised at the time of their enrollment, before revisions were made to the law.
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