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Bill: Give more GI Bill money for some majors

Aug. 28, 2012 - 11:45AM   |   Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2012 - 11:45AM  |  
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People using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to pursue degrees in math, science, engineering or technology fields would receive an additional $2,000 a year in benefits under a bill introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

The extra cash would be paid in a lump sum at the start of the quarter, semester or term, with no requirement to pay it back if the student changes majors or drops out of school.

The bill, S 3488, was referred to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, on which Brown serves. This is part of a larger effort to encourage more people to get into high-demand fields, but it is unclear whether it will work and how much it might cost. Both those issues will have to be resolved for the measure to have a chance of becoming law.

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