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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Last month, President Biden signed legislation to ensure student veterans can easily transfer course credits to another institution should their school close or program end suddenly.
Agency releases an updated list of federal funds that proprietary institutions must include as federal revenue in their non-federal revenue calculation related to the 90/10 rule.
The association urges the VA to clarify that the new proposed definition of a "supported student" would not apply to institutions with a 35 percent exemption.
Agency delays the transition to its new Enrollment Manager system for certifying GI Bill benefits to early March following outreach from AACRAO and other higher ed groups.
The legislation would extend certain flexibilities to assist veterans with their educational assistance benefits granted to the VA during the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things.
Regulations aim to crack down on the for-profit college industry and restore Pell Grants for prisoners, among other things.
Ahead of the October 31 deadline, lawmakers call on Education Secretary Cardona to extend the temporary expansion of federal loan forgiveness for public service workers to July 1, 2023.
The association chimes in on proposed changes to regulations addressing prison education programs, institutional changes of ownership, and the 90/10 rule.
The AACRAO-endorsed legislation clarifies the 35 percent exemption and addresses several other challenges from VA's recent 85-15 rule policy reset.
The legislation would clarify the 35 percent exemption to the 85-15 rule and restore it to its original intent.
New AACRAO Google Group aims at building a space for Veteran and Service Member interests.
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