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.


College Equity Bill Reintroduced

Jul 8, 2021, 10:46 AM
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Summary : Legislation would establish a competitive grant program for higher education institutions to address disparities in recruitment, admissions, and support.
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U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) reintroduced legislation on Wednesday that would establish a competitive grant program for higher education institutions to address disparities in recruitment, admissions, and support, according to a press release. 

Under the College Equity Act, colleges and universities would be able to use the grant funds to examine how their admissions policies, financial aid processes, access to campus support services, and faculty diversity contribute to gaps in student outcomes by race and ethnicity, gender, income, ability, transfer status, and military and veteran status. Funds may also be utilized to develop and execute improvement plans to address the findings.

"There are schools where veterans, people of color, and people with disabilities are able to thrive, and others where they struggle. The difference often comes down to schools knowing the challenges that exist for students and doing something to help," Sen. Schatz said. "This bill provides federal funding so that the doors of every college and university are open to qualified students from all walks of life—and that these schools can offer the resources students need to graduate on time and make a good living for themselves."

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U.S. Senator Brian Schatz's Press Release

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