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.


House Appropriators Approve FY 2021 Education Spending Bill

Jul 16, 2020, 12:58 PM
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Summary : Legislation would increase funding for student aid programs, amend the so-called 90-10 rule, and block the Education Department from implementing its new Title IX rules.
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The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Monday advanced a draft education spending bill that would increase funding for student aid programs, amend the so-called 90-10 rule, and block the Education Department from carrying out new Title IX regulations governing sexual assault, among other things, reported Inside Higher Ed.

The spending measure, approved by the panel in a party line vote, would modestly boost the Education Department budget in fiscal year 2021 by $716 million to $73.5 billion. It would increase funding for higher education institutions by $81 million to $2.6 billion, including $49 million more for historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.

Under the plan, the maximum Pell Grant award would increase by $150 to $6,495. The bill would also provide $1.2 billion for Federal Work Study, an increase of $30 million; $880 million for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program, an increase of $15 million; $1.1 billion for Federal TRIO programs, an increase of $10 million; and $370 million for GEAR UP, an increase of $5 million.

Additionally, the legislation would amend the so-called 90-10 rule—tightening the maximum share of revenue for-profit institutions can take in from federal sources at 85 percent and counting military education benefits as federal revenue— and block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from carrying out her new Title IX regulations governing sexual misconduct in schools and colleges. The Title IX rules are currently scheduled to take effect next month, over the objections of many school and college groups

Ahead of the markup, AACRAO, along with 29 other higher education associations, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of the bill. 

The Democrat-controlled House must still work out a deal with the Republican Senate and the Trump administration as part of a budget deal later this year, Inside Higher Ed reported. The spending package is separate from discussions around the next coronavirus relief package, expected to begin in earnest when the Senate returns from its July 4 break next week.

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Inside Higher Ed

Letter to House Appropriations Committee in Support of FY 2021 Education Appropriations Bill

Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • 90/10 rule
  • education department
  • Federal Regulations
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • government budget
  • hbcu
  • HSI
  • MSI
  • pell grant
  • SEOG
  • sexual assault
  • title ix
  • TRIO
  • work study
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