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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Legislation makes technical corrections to the Isakson Roe Act and extends certain COVID-related flexibilities for veterans education benefits.
AACRAO presses lawmakers to quickly pass legislation to address a number of time-sensitive issues to prevent future harm to student veterans.
Leaders of the Veterans' Affairs Committees ask for more clarity on new 85/15 guidance, which may negatively impact the ability of colleges and universities to enroll and serve veterans.
Witnesses called on lawmakers to address concerns, outlined by AACRAO and other higher ed groups, with legislation passed earlier this year that made sweeping changes to the administration and oversight of GI Bill benefits.
Agency begins the process of writing new rules to carry out provisions passed by Congress earlier this year that close a loophole in the law affecting military service members and veterans.
Lawmakers recently introduced two bills to make technical corrections to the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts and extend certain COVID-related flexibilities for veterans education benefits.
The new policy will result in 22,000 borrowers who have consolidated loans—including previously ineligible loans—being immediately eligible without further action on their part.
The association supports the overall goal of the legislation, but cites concerns regarding several provisions that could create unintended consequences for veterans and institutions.
The legislation could dissuade colleges from using commissioned agents in international student recruiting out of fear of losing access to GI Bill benefits.
Lawmakers released a set of sweeping education proposals that aim to lower the cost of higher education with free community college and a Pell Grant award increase, among other things.
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The success of veterans relies largely on the efficiency and effectiveness of student services.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs continues to project an increasing number of veterans returning to college to pursue a higher education.