Butterfield Gets Hearing on Veterans' Education Equity Act

Mar 7, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow the House Veteran Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will consider Congressman G. K. Butterfield’s (NC-01) bill, H.R. 3483, the Veterans’ Education Equity Act during a hearing.  The bill would equalize education funds allotted to veterans for both public and private colleges. Currently, the law caps the education benefit amount for veterans who enroll in private schools at $17,500, but limits the education benefit for those who enroll in public schools to the amount charged for in-state tuition and fees.  The Veterans’ Education Equity Act of 2011 would remedy this inequality and allow all veterans to receive up to $17,500 in education benefits.

“I thank Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Chairman Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) and Ranking Member Bruce Braley (IA-01) for bringing this important bill before the committee, and for giving me the opportunity to testify,” said Butterfield.  “I also thank Representatives Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Walter Jones (NC-03), and Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), the original co-sponsors of this bill, who share the belief that we owe our veterans the opportunity to attend the university of their choice.  It is unfair that returning heroes who attend public colleges are forced to pay more out-of-pocket in tuition than veterans who attend private institutions.  This inequity has resulted in many veterans dropping out of college or assuming significant financial burdens to attend school.  The Veterans’ Education Equity Act would fix this problem by granting veterans equal benefits to attend any public or private institution.  I am pleased that the committee will hear this bill.”

Following the hearing, the Student Veterans Advocacy Group will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m. on the North Lawn of the White House in support of the bill.


WHAT:          Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity hearing on H.R. 3483, the Veterans’ Education Equity Act

WHEN:          Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:        Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building