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.
Veterans Reporting & Support Work Group Guide
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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New policy will make it easier for military servicemembers serving in war zones to eliminate interest on their federal student loans.
New report finds that spending on instruction often correlates with students' success in graduating and finding a job, even when students enter college underprepared.
Legislation would provide "common-sense" consumer protections for students and hold predatory institutions accountable when they engage in deceptive and fraudulent practices.
Lawmakers across the aisle agreed that Congress needs to intervene against predatory behavior by some institutions.
Veterans groups raise concerns over a recent audit that estimated the department will waste $2.3 billion in the next five years by making improper GI Bill payments.
Study finds that eliminating the rule would have a negative impact.
Due to the lack oversight, $1.54 million in federal tuition and fee payments have gone to "ineligible or potentially ineligible" colleges participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program.
Just 722 undergraduate veterans were enrolled at the nation's 36 most selective private institutions.
Bipartisan package of veterans-friendly legislation would prohibit colleges from collecting a late fee or requiring GI Bill users to take out additional loans because of delayed payments, among other things.
Bipartisan bill aims to resolve ongoing problems with the Veterans Affairs Department's handling of reimbursements to veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits.