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.


Changes to Forever GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance

Jul 25, 2019, 08:24 AM
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Summary : The VA is currently working to implement a Forever GI Bill provision that dictated a shift in how the monthly housing allowance for recipients is calculated.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to implement a Forever GI Bill provision that dictated a shift in how the monthly housing allowance for recipients is calculated. 

The change had been scheduled to rollout on August 1, 2018, but a series of information technology-related issues led to a backlog in claims processing throughout the fall semester that resulted in housing payment delays and improper payments.

The VA now aims to roll out the updates by December 1, 2019, with the new housing rates under Sections 107 and 501 of the Forever GI Bill to go into effect for the spring semester of 2020. Students who were underpaid will receive retroactive payments in the months following December 1, while those who were overpaid will receive additional information on how the VA will waive debts.

Section 107 requires that students be paid the housing rate of the location where they physically attend the majority of classes. To account for changes to the student's past, current and future payment based on the majority of classes, schools will need to recertify enrollments for students who took classes outside of a main campus location from August 1, 2018 to December 1, 2019.  

Schools will no longer need to enter zip codes into VA-ONCE. Instead, the VA will use facility codes and sub-facility codes for campuses. Each campus will have a unique facility code that will allow the agency to pay students the housing benefit based on the location where the student physically attends classes. Institutions can expect to receive the new facility codes in early August 2019. 

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Michelle Mott
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  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Resources for Veterans Administration Certification
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