Titus passes STEM provision for Post 9/11 GI Bill

Jul 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District released the following statement after the U.S. House passed H.R. 3218, The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, legislation to improve veterans’ access to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Rep. Titus has been working for two years on a bipartisan provision in the legislation that will expand veterans’ access to using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for degrees in the STEM field. The bill passed unanimously and now heads to the Senate.  

“Our service members acquire incredible skills in the armed forces which make them well suited to be scientists, doctors, engineers, cyber-security professionals, and other experts in high tech fields. When they transition into civilian life, however, they find that going back to school and pursuing STEM degrees often takes longer and costs more because of specialized requirements like lab courses and field work. This bill addresses that problem by creating the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship which will provide veterans with an extra schoolyear of education benefits’ eligibility to help ensure they earn high-paying jobs and can contribute to the long-term security of our economy in the modern workforce. Veterans benefit, colleges and universities benefit from their presence and participation, and society benefits from the contributions they will make.”