(White House Press Release, March 21, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law S. 3503, which clarifies how the Department of Veterans Affairs should treat in-person courses of study that convert to distance learning formats due to health-related situations and other emergencies.

In part, the bill states that, “In the case of a program of education approved by a State approving agency, or the Secretary of Veterans Affairs when acting in the role of a State approving agency, that is converted from being offered on-site at an educational institution to being offered by distance learning by reason of an emergency or health-related situation, as determined by the Secretary, the Secretary may continue to provide educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary without regard to such conversion, including with respect to paying any—

(1)monthly housing stipends under chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code; or

(2)payments or subsistence allowances under chapters 30, 31, 32, and 35 of such title and chapters 1606 and 1607 of title 10, United States Code.”

The text of the Bill can be seen, here:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s3503/text

 

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