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.


Audit Finds States and VA have Poor Oversight of Programs Receiving GI Benefits

Jan 24, 2019, 10:44 AM
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Summary : Due to the lack oversight, $1.54 million in federal tuition and fee payments have gone to "ineligible or potentially ineligible" colleges participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program.
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A recent audit by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General found that hundreds of college programs that enroll military service members and veterans have not had proper oversight to determine if they are delivering quality education, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Due to the lack oversight, $1.54 million in federal tuition and fee payments have gone to "ineligible or potentially ineligible" colleges participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program.

The audit estimated that the risk of improper payments was particularly high at for-profit schools. According to the audit, for-profits received $1.5 million of the improper payments, Inside Higher Ed reported.

The audit found internal disagreements and a weak partnership between the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the state approving agencies, which led to the improper payments.

The VBA challenged the audit's methodology and findings in a letter to the inspector general. "This report does not accurately characterize this strong and effective partnership that has been in place for decades, not does it accurately reflect the high quality of work performed by most [State Approving Agencies] and VBA employees in the realm of compliance and oversight," the VBA's response stated.

The inspector general's report called the VBA's response "unconvincing," reported Inside Higher Ed.

The audit estimated that 17,000 students who enroll in a GI Bill program within the next five years will attend more than 5,400 "ineligible or potentially ineligible programs" due to poor oversight.

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Heather Zimar
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  • Advocacy
  • Compliance and Reporting
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
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