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.


California State Agency Reverses Decision to Suspend Veteran Aid to Out-of-State Campuses

Sep 12, 2018, 15:01 PM
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Summary : There has been debate over whether the agency can approve educational programs offered by out-of-state colleges at extension locations within California.
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A judge granted a court order last week on behalf of three Missouri-based nonprofit institutions to temporarily block the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) from suspending their ability to award federal aid to veterans and service members, reports Inside Higher Ed.

CSAAVE notified Columbia College, Webster University, and Park University of their reinstatement. The agency also reinstated six other colleges suspended in the last year (Central Michigan University, Central Texas College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Maryland University College, and Vincennes University).

There has been debate over whether CSAAVE can approve educational programs offered by out-of-state colleges at extension locations within California.

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Inside Higher Ed

Heather Zimar
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  • Veterans and Service Members
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