doobleykah wrote:Nagster5 wrote:doobleykah wrote:Nagster5 wrote:doobleykah wrote:Does anyone know if Health Insurance is calculated as part of necessary fees and thus covered by the GI Bill or factored in with other Cost of attendance and thus the responsibility of the student? Married with a little one on the way. So my wife will not be working the first year* like we anticipated.
Am i correct in assuming that you have already chased this to a terminus at UVA?
With the VA. Maybe the finaid department can kungfu the numbers to trick the government somehow, if they can let me know.
I am on the phone with the VA now and basically if the school sends them a bill that says its a mandatory fee, then they pay for it. So ultimately it comes down to FINAID having the brains/balls to handle this properly. This is an absolutely unacceptable grey area and I am now convinced that thousands of students are paying for this when they should not be.
OK from the School Certifying Official's Handbook (Published by the VA)
Tuition is the actual established charges for tuition the student is required to pay. Tuition
is defined in the school’s catalog or supplement and listed as tuition on the school’s
billing statement or invoice.
Fees are mandatory charges (other than tuition, room, and board) applied by the school
for pursuit of an approved program of education. Fees include, but are not limited to,
health premiums, freshman fees, graduation fees, and lab fees. Fees do not include study
abroad course(s) unless the course(s) is a mandatory requirement for completion of the
approved program of education. Fees are defined in the school’s catalog or supplement and
listed on the school’s billing statement or invoice.
TLDR; If you are using school provided health insurance. You should not be paying out of pocket. Your financial aid department NEEDS to be sending the VA a bill.