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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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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Student veterans receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits earned lower wages for seven to nine years after they left the Army compared with their non-college-going peers.
Legislation would establish a competitive grant program for higher education institutions to address disparities in recruitment, admissions, and support.
The final stimulus package includes $40 billion for colleges and students and includes a number of education-related amendments.
AACRAO strongly supports the package, which provides $40 billion in aid to higher education institutions and students during the pandemic and includes a provision to tighten the 90/10 rule.
AACRAO is listed in support of legislation that would prohibit for-profit colleges and universities from receiving more than 85 percent of their revenue from the federal government.
House Democrats' coronavirus relief package would provide an additional $40 billion in aid to institutions and students and strengthen the 90-10 rule regulating for-profit institutions.
Congress recently approved legislation that includes language updating the Solomon Amendment to increase military recruiters' access to certain student information.
Legislation provides important protections for GI Bill recipients, but some provisions could create unintended consequences for veterans and institutions.
While generally supportive of the bill's goals, AACRAO and other groups issue concerns that some provisions could create unintended consequences for veterans and institutions.
Lawmakers return to Washington this week post-election with a number of pressing items on the legislative agenda.