Congressman Dan Kildee Introduces New Legislation to Help Veterans and Students Affected by ITT Tech Closure
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) introduced legislation that would allow veterans to retain their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill housing allowances for up to four months if their university closes unexpectedly. On September 6, 2016, ITT Technical Institute closed its doors to students across the country and potentially left thousands of veterans using their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill housing allowances without a place to live. If passed, this legislation would ensure that veterans would continue to receive their housing benefits while they pursue new educational opportunities following their school's closure.
"The closure of ITT Technical Institute has left thousands of students with questions about their financial aid, housing and the future of their academic career. The legislation I introduced today would provide relief to student veterans who rely on their veterans' benefits to pay rent. No veteran should be without housing because their school closed through no fault of their own," said Congressman Kildee. "My office and I are here to support people as they pursue their plans of completing a higher education degree."
In addition, Congressman Kildee announced that his office is available to assist students impacted by the recent closure of ITT Technical Institute. Before its closure, ITT Tech had 1,500 students attending the five campuses in Michigan and 40,000 students nationwide. Of those students, nearly 400 in Michigan were veterans and 6,900 nationwide. Congressman Kildee is encouraging students impacted by the closure to contact his office at 810-238-8627 or at www.dankildee.house.gov if they need assistance.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Education has created a website and hotline (1-800-433-3243; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-730-8913) for students receiving federal student aid to inform them about the options available to them as they continue to pursue their post-secondary education. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also set up a website to help veterans affected by ITT Tech's closure.