August 5, 2009
The GI Bill has been good to Kyle Mallette.
After returning from Army service in Iraq two years ago, the Texas Tech finance major used the government assistance program for soldiers to get through college.
"I make more money going to school than I would working," Mallette said with a laugh.
For millions of service men and women like Mallette, the bill that
allowed a generation to attend college after World War II is approaching the highest level of support since 1944, making more resources available for soldiers looking to go to school after serving their country.
The new benefits include a housing stipend, a book allowance and direct payment agreements between the government and colleges to ease the burden on students, said Debra Crosby, assistant registrar and veteran coordinator at Tech.
The bill, which doesn't require soldiers to pay into the program like previous versions, has boosted numbers of applicants and encouraged advisers like Crosby looking for more students to take advantage of the federal funds.