Some schools punish GI Bill users for VA’s delays. Congress may be about to stop that.

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The House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that would protect student veterans from being penalized for late GI Bill payments, a move that advocates say could have helped avoid some of the chaos of the past semester.

The bill now moves back to the Senate, which already passed a very similar version of the measure and is expected to consider the House bill in coming days.

Senate passage — and President Donald Trump’s signature — would mean an end to the late fees, dropped classes and other punishments school sometimes impose on veterans as a result of Veterans Affairs Department processing delays. If schools don’t agree to the new rules, they won’t be allowed to keep enrolling students using the GI Bill.

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