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.


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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. Wraps Up Negotiations on Institutional and Programmatic Eligibility Rules

Mar 24, 2022, 12:38 PM
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Summary : Rulemaking committee reached consensus on new language for the 90/10 and ability to benefit rules, but failed to agree on the remaining five, more contentious, issues.
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Last week, the U.S. Education Department wrapped up its negotiated rulemaking process on institutional and programmatic eligibility, reported Higher Ed Dive. Following three months of discussions, the committee reached consensus on two of the seven regulatory proposals, agreeing on new language for the 90/10 and ability to benefit rules. 

The alteration to the 90/10 rule largely reflects a recent change in federal law. Last year, Congress passed legislation expanding the 90 percent cap on for-profit colleges' funding to include all types of federal funding, including veterans' benefits, starting in 2023. Previously, military and veterans' education benefits did not count toward that threshold despite being federal aid. The rulemaking process was tasked with carrying out those provisions and ultimately reached agreement on details of what funds counted toward that 10 percent calculation. Negotiators compromised on a plan that would allow for-profit colleges to include programs ineligible for Title IV federal student aid funding on the 10 percent side, but only if they are taught by instructors who also teach at one of their approved locations and that they hold programs at certain sites, Higher Ed Dive reported.

The changes would also place certain limitations on income-share agreements (ISAs), which have college graduates make payments for expenses such as tuition and fees through a portion of their income over a set period of time. The negotiators agreed on language that makes clear that ISAs are treated the same way as private student loans within the new 90/10 rule calculations.

The consensus language on ability to benefit rules adds student success benchmarks to ensure enough learners lacking high school degrees were successfully completing those programs, Higher Ed Dive reported. 

Meanwhile, the negotiated rulemaking committee failed to reach agreement on the remaining five, more contentious issues, including rules governing financial responsibility, for-profit to non-profit conversions, gainful employment, change in ownership, and certification procedures.

Moving forward, the Education Department is now bound, with some exceptions, to move forward with the regulatory proposals on which negotiators reached consensus. However, the agency has broad power to craft its own proposals on the remaining issues when it formally proposes new regulations. 

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