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.


Field Hearing on Protecting Student Veterans

Apr 24, 2019, 18:47 PM
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Summary : Lawmakers to discuss ways to protect students, veterans, and taxpayers from predatory, low-quality institutions of higher education.
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Lawmakers held a congressional field hearing on Wednesday focusing on student veterans. Subcommittees from House Education and Labor and Veterans' Affairs met at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California to discuss how to better protect students, veterans, and taxpayers from predatory, low-quality institutions of higher education.

"Although most student veterans do not attend for-profit institutions, these schools take in over 40 percent of all GI Bill funds," Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), chairman of the higher education and workforce investment subcommittee, said in prepared remarks. "Between 2009 to 2017, eight of the top ten recipients of GI Bill tuition and fees went to for-profit schools, including now-shuttered college chains—ITT Technical institutes, Education Corporation of America, and Dream Center Education Holdings—which consumed billions of taxpayer dollars, only to leave students with crushing debt and no degree."

The hearing comes as a coalition of veterans groups continues to push Congress to alter the 90/10 rule, which they argue gives for-profit colleges an incentive to aggressively market to veterans. The rule requires 10 percent of the revenue from for-profit institutions that are eligible for federal aid to come from non-federal sources. The cap does not apply to revenue from U.S. military and veteran student benefits, like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The rule was enacted by Congress in the 1990s to be a form of quality control because it requires for-profits to attract some students who pay out of pocket and to prevent for-profits from relying only on federal aid revenue.

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Joint Field hearing on "Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans"


Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • 90/10 rule
  • Debt
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
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