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.


Bipartisan Bill to Help Veterans Get College Credit for Military Training

Aug 6, 2018, 15:52 PM
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Summary : Legislation would expand veteran education benefits to include proficiency exam fees and other costs related to documenting skills learned in uniform.
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A pair of senators on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide more veterans an opportunity to translate their military training into college credit, The Military Times reported.

The Military Learning for Credit Act, introduced by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), would expand veteran education benefits to include proficiency exam fees and other costs related to documenting skills learned in uniform. It would allow veterans to use up to $500 to cover the costs of tests such as the College Level Examination Program, Dantes Subject Standardized Test Program, and ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, among others that can be translated into college credit at thousands of institutions of higher education.

"Our veterans receive intense and thorough training as servicemembers, often during the years when other Americans are attending college. The least we can do is ensure that once they enroll in college, veterans have every opportunity to translate their military training into college credit," Senator Coons said in a press release. "Permitting all veterans to take credit exams and receive portfolio assessments for free will save our veterans' time and money while working toward a degree while also reducing federal funding expenditures through the GI bill. It truly is a win for all."

Only about 36 percent of veterans enrolled in higher education received any credit for their military training, according to research from Student Veterans of America. Of those, the median number of credits awarded was three, the equivalent of a single college class, reported the Military Times.

"Allowing all veterans to use veterans education assistance funds to cover portfolio assessments and fees for standardized examinations will reduce the expenses covered by federal funding, while simultaneously increasing veteran graduation rates," said Senator Ernst.

Related Links

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst's Press Release

Military Times

Michelle Mott
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  • Transfer and Articulation
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