AACRAO recognizes and honors the sacrifices these men and women have made and its members are proud to assist them and meet their educational needs. Veterans and students on active military duty and their
families face special circumstances and challenges.Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2009, close to 1 million veterans, service members, and eligible dependents have taken advantage of the educational benefits available to them. With the passage of more recent legislation, such as the Forever GI Bill in 2017 and the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts in 2021, there will be significant changes to military education benefits over the coming years.
AACRAO recently hosted a webinar to discuss the implementation of veteran legislation passed in December 2020, also known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. This law will have a transformative effect on the mission of Education Service to provide ready access to, and timely and accurate delivery of, education benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families, as well as further enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to empower GI Bill beneficiaries to achieve their vocational and career goals.
Other recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate include important provisions to help ensure veterans can continue to receive their education benefits as well as technical corrections to the legislation passed last year.
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AACRAO (Nov 2019)
Oversight of State Approving Agency Program Monitoring for Post-9/11 GI Bill Students
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Dec 2018)
Postsecondary Non-Completion Among Veterans: Contributing Factors and Implications Veterans Education Success (Nov 2018)
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The legislation would clarify the 35 percent exemption to the 85-15 rule and restore it to its original intent.
The proposed regulations aim to crack down on the for-profit college industry and restore Pell grants for incarcerated students, among other things.
Legislation would make permanent changes to the PSLF that make it easier for teachers, social workers, and other public service workers to get debt relief.
Schools sue the agency over its attempt to collect millions of dollars in GI Bill benefits that the VA says it overpaid for students enrolled in flight training programs.
Legislation would clarify the 35 percent exemption and address several other challenges resulting from VA's recent 85-15 rule policy reset.
The new law restores pandemic education benefits to veterans who attended for-profit colleges that closed or lost their accreditation due to fraudulent or misleading practices.
According to a recent report submitted to Congress, the Army also still owes money to educational institutions and soldiers.
Coalition strongly encourages lawmakers to prioritize the needs of college students as they develop mental health legislation.
The VA Dept. sent an update to institutions last week that provides additional flexibilities and addresses some areas of concern regarding the recent 85/15 reset.
Rulemaking committee reached consensus on new language for the 90/10 and ability to benefit rules, but failed to agree on the remaining five, more contentious, issues.
New AACRAO Google Group aims at building a space for Veteran and Service Member interests.
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