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.


Education Dept. Holds Public Hearing on 90/10 Rule

Oct 28, 2021, 11:48 AM
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Summary : Agency begins the process of writing new rules to carry out provisions passed by Congress earlier this year that close a loophole in the law affecting military service members and veterans.
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The U.S. Education Department held two public hearings this week on regulatory changes to the 90-10 rule, which prohibits for-profit colleges from receiving more than 90 percent of their revenue from Title IV federal student aid programs, Inside Higher Ed reported. The negotiated rulemaking process will carry out provisions passed by Congress earlier this year that close a loophole in the law affecting military service members and veterans.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed into law in March, expanded the 90 percent cap on for-profit colleges' funding to include all types of federal funding, including veterans' benefits. Previously, military and veterans' education benefits did not count toward that threshold despite being federal aid. The new provision closes the so-called 90-10 loophole that gives for-profit institutions an incentive to target current and former members of the military in their recruitment, according to veterans’ organizations and advocates.

The negotiated rulemaking committee tasked with carrying out the new limits is expected to convene early next year, with implementing regulations effective January 2023, as mandated by Congress.

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Inside Higher Ed 

Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • 90/10 rule
  • covid-19
  • education department
  • Federal Regulations
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • Negotiated Rulemaking
  • Veterans and service members issues
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