H.R. 1037: Pilot College Work Study Programs for Veterans Act of 2009

H.R. 1037

Pilot College Work Study Programs for Veterans Act of 2009

July 14, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 1037 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage on July 13, 2009. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) on January 28, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, which held a mark-up on June 10, and reported the bill, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1037 would establish a five-year pilot program to expand the scope of qualifying work-study activities available at educational institutions for veterans. Qualifying work-study positions may include positions as tutors or research, teaching, or lab assistants, positions in financial services, campus orientation, admissions, records, etc.

The bill authorizes $10 million for each fiscal year 2020 through 2014 to carry out the pilot program.


The current work-study program is limited to positions in certain Veterans' Affairs (VA) facilities and, on campus, to assisting other veterans in obtaining veterans' education benefits. According to the VA, CBO anticipates that nearly 3,500 additional veterans each year would participate in work study under this provision.


CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1037 would cost $47 million over the 2010-2014 period. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.