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.


Democrats Target For-Profit Colleges in Defense Bill

Jul 1, 2020, 19:09 PM
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Summary : A group of Senate Democrats seek to attach several amendments meant to crack down on abuses by for-profit colleges to the sweeping annual defense policy bill.
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U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) seek to attach several amendments meant to crack down on abuses by for-profit colleges to the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 4049, which the chamber will consider this week, reported Politico.

One amendment, led by Sen. Hassan, would require the Education Department to create a tracking system to collect complaints about colleges, including their recruiting and marketing practices. The system would also accept complaints against student loan servicers—and allow for the submission of anonymous complaints.

A second amendment, led by. Sen. Durbin, would make changes to the federal 90/10 rule, which imposes a cap on the amount of federal student aid that can flow to for-profit colleges. Under the proposal, for-profit colleges' receipt of all federal funds—including most GI Bill money—would be capped at 85 percent, up from the current 90 percent.

Another amendment, led by Sen. Durbin, would require the Pentagon's online college comparison tools for servicemembers to include information about whether a college is under federal or state investigation.

An amendment, led by Sen. Brown, would prohibit any college from using Pentagon Tuition Assistance money or other Defense Department education aid dollars for "advertising, recruiting, or marketing activities."

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Michelle Mott
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  • Admissions and Recruitment
  • Advocacy
  • Veterans and Service Members
Tags :
  • 90/10 rule
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
  • tuition assistance program
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