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 Push to Protect Student Veterans

Jul 3, 2018, 12:39 PM
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Summary : Senators introduce bill to prohibit institutions from collecting a late fee or requiring GI Bill users to take out additional loans because of delayed GI Bill payments, among other protections.
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U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and John Boozman (R-AR) recently introduced the Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress (SIT-REP) Act, which would prohibit institutions from collecting a late fee or requiring GI Bill users to take out additional loans because of delayed GI Bill payments, among other protections, reported Politico.

The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill provides education benefits, including a monthly living stipend, to over 775,000 student veterans and eligible dependents, according to a press release. Unfortunately, delays in the processing of tuition payments—by unintendedly slow processing by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or errors by school certifying officials—have caused some student veterans to endure financial hardship and be denied access to their education.

Last year, Congress approved the Forever GI Bill, which expanded the popular Post-9/11 GI Bill in several ways, including lifting the 15-year time limit to use the benefit for new enlistees. The implementation of the new provisions will increase eligibility for GI Bill benefits—and may result in a higher volume of claims that must be processed by the VA and institutions.

The proposed legislation aims to ensure that student veterans "have access to the educational resources they deserve."

The House approved similar legislation, H.R. 3023 (115), in May.  

Meanwhile, a number of colleges and universities already provide this protection. "We offer priority registration so enrollments can be processed ASAP to help mitigate VA delays," Ted Jimenez, a university official who works on veterans issues at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, told Politico. In addition to preventing service charges, he said that the university advances financial aid payments to those eligible "so they do not have to wait on the VA to pay to get their refunds."

Related Links

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Press Release


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