Education Corporation of America Closure affects GI Bill Beneficiaries
The Veterans Administration is assisting GI Bill beneficiaries with the closure of Education Corporation of America and their 70+ campuses. The VA is identifying the beneficiaries that are enrolled and giving them alternative options.
When a school closes in the middle of a term and post 9/11 GI Bill students don’t get credit, they can be eligible for restoration of entitlement for that term.
ECO made the closure announcement with out warning for the students. But the VA is committed to serving the affected veterans. As well as providing a way to continue thier educational goals.
December 5, ECA announced the closure of all it’s campuses at the end of 2018. The following Colleges:
- Brightwood College
- Brightwood career institute
- Virginia College which includes Ecotech Institute and Golf Academy of America
According to ECA, schools in 18 states would close by the end of December 2018.
The VA is working with the National association of State Approving Agencies to take withdrawal actions by January 2019.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a VA education benefit that is available to Veterans or active duty service members. They must have a qualifying active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001. Some members of the Reserves who lost education benefits in 2015 when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program ended, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is fully funded for fiscal year 2019, and in the event of a government shutdown, all VA operations will continue unimpeded.
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