Veterans & Service Members

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.


Latest Actions

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.


AACRAO Comments on Draft Regulatory Package

Sep 1, 2022, 10:06 AM
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Summary : The association chimes in on proposed changes to regulations addressing prison education programs, institutional changes of ownership, and the 90/10 rule.
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AACRAO, along with 16 other higher education associations, submitted comments on proposed changes to regulations addressing prison education programs, institutional changes of ownership, and the 90/10 rule.

The Biden administration in July unveiled the draft new rules, which aim to crack down on the for-profit college industry and restore Pell Grants for prisoners, among other things. 

More specifically, the Education Department's proposed rules would carry out the removal of the federal ban on incarcerated students receiving Pell Grants and clarify the requirements and approval process for participating prison education programs. The draft regulations would also increase oversight of college conversions, updating the agency's approval process for the sale of a college to new owners or the conversion of a for-profit college into a nonprofit entity.

The alteration to the 90/10 rule carries out new funding restrictions recently enacted by Congress. As part of last year's American Rescue Plan, lawmakers expanded the 90 percent cap on for-profit colleges' funding to include all types of federal funding, including veterans' benefits. Previously, federal law did not count military and veterans' education benefits as federal aid toward that threshold. The updated formula now applies GI Bill benefits and Pentagon tuition assistance toward that limit and the proposed regulations implement that change. Under the proposed rules, revenue from the sale of institutional loans, income-share agreements, or similar alternative financing options would also count in the 90/10 calculation. 

The higher education community comments on the regulatory proposals express general support for the goals of the rules and offer a number of recommended improvements to the language on change in ownership and prison education programs.  

"The changes proposed in the NPRM will implement important statutory changes that have been long sought by the higher education community," the groups state.  

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Comments on Proposed Regulatory Package  

Michelle Mott
Categories :
  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
Tags :
  • 90/10 rule
  • education department
  • Federal Regulations
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
  • incarceration
  • pell grant
  • prison
  • student loans
  • tuition assistance program
  • VA Programs
  • Veterans and service members issues
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