Congress Passes Bill Addressing 85/15 Rule Reset
Aug 17, 2022, 17:16 PM
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The AACRAO-endorsed legislation clarifies the 35 percent exemption and addresses several other challenges from VA's recent 85-15 rule policy reset.
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Ensuring the Best Schools for Veterans Act, S. 4458, sending the measure to White House for President Biden's signature. The AACRAO-endorsed legislation seeks to address concerns stemming from recent policy changes to the 85/15 rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The bipartisan, bicameral bill clarifies the 35 percent exemption to the 85/15 rule, restoring it to its original intent. The legislation also addresses several other challenges resulting from VA's 85/15 reset—including a requirement that institutions perform 85/15 computations at the major, minor, and concentration level, as well as a new interpretation of what constitutes a "supported student."
President Biden is expected to quickly sign the measure into law. AACRAO and the broader higher education community look forward to swift implementation by the VA in order to minimize any disruptions for student veterans this fall.
- Compliance and Reporting
- Financial Aid and FAFSA
- Veterans and Service Members
- 85/15 rule
- Federal Regulations
- Federal relations
- gi bill
- tuition assistance program
- VA Programs
- Veterans and service members issues