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.


Completion Odds Increase with Prior Learning Credits

Oct 22, 2020, 12:02 PM
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Summary : New report finds that adult students who receive college credits for prior learning are more likely to complete academic programs than their peers without prior learning credits.
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A new report from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education found that adult students who receive college credits for prior learning are more likely to complete academic programs than their peers without prior learning credits, reports Inside Higher Ed.

According to the report, which looked at student outcomes at 72 U.S. institutions, prior learning assessment (PLA) increases student completion by 17 percent, and by 30 percent for all forms of prior learning assessment other than credit recommendations for military training, reported Inside Higher Ed.

The report stated that despite PLA's positive impact on completion, only about 11 percent of adult students at the institutions participating in the study earned PLA credit. Black students, Pell Grant recipients and students who lived in lower-income communities were least likely to participate.

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Inside Higher Ed

Heather Zimar
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  • Industry News
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • adult students
  • college completion
  • credit
  • pell grant
  • prior learning assessment
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