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 Passes REMOTE Act

Dec 16, 2021, 13:37 PM
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Summary : Legislation makes technical corrections to the Isakson Roe Act and extends certain COVID-related flexibilities for veterans education benefits.
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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act, H.R. 5545, by voice vote. The House approved the measure last week, reported The Pie News. 

The final legislation contains important technical corrections to the recent Isakson Roe legislation that made sweeping changes to the administration and oversight of GI Bill benefits. It also includes provisions to extend certain COVID-19-related flexibilities and ensure that veterans' benefits are not negatively impacted during the spring semester should an in-person program need to convert to online.

More specifically, the REMOTE Act would extend remote learning waivers for student veterans, set to expire this December, through the Spring 2022 term. It would also ensure student veterans continue receiving full housing benefits despite participating in remote learning and simplify the verification process for tuition reimbursement so student veterans minimize unneeded paperwork.

The proposed technical corrections to the Isakson Roe Act included in the REMOTE Act would:

  • Make the VA's incentive compensation provision parallel to the incentive compensation provision in the Higher Education Act (HEA) by adding the exception that permits recruiting of foreign students in foreign countries. 
  • Require the VA and the State Approving Agencies to interpret the VA's incentive compensation provision consistent with the Education Department's interpretation.
  • Allow the VA to waive the second certification requirement for institutions with a flat rate tuition and fee structure. 
  • Allow institutions to satisfy Isakson Roe section 1018's consumer information requirements by using the Education Department's "College Financing Plan" template. 

The measure also includes language to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs' rounding out policy, which helps veterans receive full time benefits during the last term of their education program. Previous iterations of the bill omitted that provision. 

Ahead of the House and Senate votes, AACRAO along with 33 other organizations sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to include the rounding out language and move swiftly to pass the time-sensitive legislation that addresses that issue along with the other COVID extensions and technical fixes.

The approved bill now moves to the White House for President Biden's signature.

Related Link

U.S. Senator Jon Tester's Press Release 

The Pie News

Michelle Mott
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