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Congress Aims To Expand GI Bill

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The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed an expansion to the GI Bill last week that aims to extend educational benefits to soldiers who have served more than three years in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The GI Bill, formally known as The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, originally eased the cost of education for veterans returning home after World War II. Legislators say the benefits arent keeping pace with todays expenses and sought to make changes.

Extending benefits could have greater or lesser impact on various campuses across the country, according to affiliates coverage.

Stanford said few students on campus qualify for the GI Billand that the schools need-based aid makes sure that the student has enough money for their education.

Atthe University ofKansas, theGI Bill has been more widely used. A year after the Iraq War started, 286 veterans were receiving benefits from the GI Bill on the schools campus in Lawrence. In spring 2008, 231 students were registered on the campus with GI Bill benefits.

For complete UWIRE affiliate coverage

Stanford Daily:Congress revisits GI Bill: Few Stanford students qualify for educational benefits

University Daily Kansan:Revised GI Bill could help veterans afford college

Daily Texan:GI Bill encounters controversy in Senate

Daily Bruin:Competing GI Bills in Congress propose changes to veteran benefits

The Dartmouth:Dartmouth president has hand in drafting GI Bill proposal

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