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April 10, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Registration Closed

This event is free for members and non-members but registration is required.

Join this conversation with representatives from the Veterans Affairs Administration to learn about using GI Bill benefits for study abroad. Invite campus partners like your SCO or colleagues in the Veterans Affairs office to listen along.

A special focus of this conversation will be the VA’s latest study abroad guidance, which established an actionable pathway for GI Bill benefits to be applied to additional types of study abroad programs.  The new guidance, published in January 2024, is the result of the passage of the Veterans Auto & Education Improvement Act of 2022. This policy change has been a long-time focus for NAFSA advocacy efforts.

For a full recap of the changes, read NAFSA’s guidance: NAFSA.org/VABenefits

Thomas Alphonso

Education Service, Veterans Benefit Administration
Mr. Alphonso serves as the Assistant Director for Policy and Procedures in the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Education Service. In this role, he oversees legislative implementation, regulatory amendment development, and policy and procedure formulation for all VA educational assistance benefits...

Cinda Quattrini

Education Service, Veterans Benefit Administration
Cinda Quattrini began working for VA as an Education File Clerk in 1995. Over the years, she worked as a Veterans Claims Examiner (VCE), Sr. VCE and Claims Processing Supervisor. For more than 10 years, Cinda served as Education Liaison Representative (ELR) for schools in New York. Since joining...

Katherine Mary Meyer

Katherine Meyer
University of Minnesota
Chair, EA RP Committee
Katherine Mary, "Kate", has been in international education for over a decade in various forms: study abroad student from a low-socioeconomic/rural/first-gen background, EFL teacher, financial aid admin, and within study abroad offices. Their experience and years of service have led to concentrated...

Elizabeth Shuman

Picture of Elizabeth Shuman
Ohio State University
Member-at-Large and Chair, Financial Aid Subcommittee - Education Abroad Regulatory Practice KC
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and a Master's degree from Penn State University. As Global Education Manager for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University, Elizabeth oversees all Global Education programming for the...