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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The Trump administration plans to forgive loans for disabled U.S. military veterans, but consumer groups say debt should be discharged for all who are too disabled to work.
Students who recently completed the FAFSA form took to social media over the weekend, concerned over a potential draft after the drone strike killing Iranian military leader.
The Protect VETS Act is the first 90/10 loophole bill to receive bipartisan backing in the Senate, a point that advocates hope will spur momentum in Congress.
Agency officials testify that they have fixed the computer processing issues and will begin to implement the Forever GI Bill monthly housing allowance changes on December 1.
Using the tool, veterans can input their military occupational specialty, rank, and training date and receive a list of institutions that may award credit.
Legislation aims to give students additional protections under the GI Bill, but some provisions could be problematic for institutions.
Legislation aims to improve the Post-9/11 GI Bill and protect student veterans and their families from predatory schools, but some provisions could be problematic for institutions.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs cancels contract with state agency that approves colleges to receive GI Bill funds after a lengthy dispute over how to regulate for-profit and out-of-state schools.
Veterans' groups work to address for-profit colleges' recruitment of student veterans in the forthcoming Higher Education Act reauthorization.
White House directs Education Dept. to more expeditiously forgive the student loan debt of veterans with severe disabilities, a move Secretary Betsy DeVos had resisted for months.