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.


Congress Approved, Biden Poised to Sign Massive COVID-19 Relief Bill

Mar 11, 2021, 12:12 PM
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Summary : The final stimulus package includes $40 billion for colleges and students and includes a number of education-related amendments.
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Congress approved the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Wednesday, delivering on the White House's first major legislative priority. President Joe Biden signed the sweeping measure into law on Thursday, The Hill reported. 

The Senate on Saturday passed the stimulus bill in a 50-49 vote, entirely along party lines, adding a number of education-related amendments. The House approved the updated measure on Wednesday in a 220-211 vote, with no Republican support.

The final relief plan includes $40 billion dedicated to higher education institutions, at least half of which must be spent on emergency financial aid grants to students, reported Inside Higher Ed. 

A provision to tighten the 90/10 rule, which prohibits for-profit colleges from receiving more than 90 percent of their revenue from U.S. Education Department loans and grants, survived a last-minute attempt by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to remove it from the bill. Democrats agreed to a compromise amendment that expands the 90 percent cap on for-profit colleges' funding to include all types of federal funding, including veterans' benefits, but delays the implementation of the restrictions. The bipartisan deal would require the Education Department to wait until October to begin a rulemaking process to carry out the new limits, which would not take effect until January 2023, according to Politico.

The final stimulus package also includes a new provision that prevents any type of student loan forgiveness over the next five years from resulting in a tax bill for the borrower, removing a potential barrier to the administration canceling student loan debt. 

"This clears the way for President Biden to #CancelStudentDebt without burdening student borrowers with thousands of dollars in unexpected taxes," Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote on Twitter Sunday, Inside Higher Ed reported. Warren and other progressive Democrats in Congress have called on Biden to forgive $50,000 from the debt of each student loan borrower. However, the president has repeatedly expressed doubt that he has the executive authority to cancel large amounts of student loan debt. Instead, Biden said that he preferred to seek congressional approval to forgive at least $10,000 of debt per borrower, a campaign promise.

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  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • covid-19
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  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
  • loan forgiveness
  • student loans
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