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.


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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 Proposed 85/15 Rule Changes

Dec 15, 2022, 14:38 PM
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Summary : The association urges the VA to clarify that the new proposed definition of a "supported student" would not apply to institutions with a 35 percent exemption.
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In October, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register that would amend its definition of the term "supported student" for the purposes of the 85/15 rule to include any student who receives any institutional financial aid. 

Congress recently passed legislation in August, the Ensuring the Best Schools for Veterans Act, which exempts institutions that have veteran populations below 35 percent and the majority of their programs approved under section 3672 or 3675 of Chapter 38 from all 85/15 requirements including reporting, computing, monitoring, and complying with 85/15 ratios. Therefore, the new supported student definition would not apply to colleges and universities with a 35 percent exemption. 

However, the NPRM unfortunately fails to include, in either its preamble or proposed regulatory text, any reference to the 35 percent exemption. AACRAO joined nine other higher education associations in comments to the VA regarding the proposed rule, urging the agency to clarify that its requirements, including the new definition of a supported student, do not apply to institutions that qualify for the 35 percent exemption.

"Given Congress' recent passage of this law, we do not believe that VA intends for its proposed rule to apply to institutions with a 35 percent exemption," the groups state in the comments. "However, without further clarity on this point, officials at traditional colleges and universities may mistakenly believe the proposed rule applies to their institution when, in fact, it does not."

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Comments on Proposed Changes to 85/15 Rule 

Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Compliance and Reporting
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • 85/15 rule
  • Federal Regulations
  • Federal relations
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