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.


House Bills Tackle Veterans Education-Related Issues

Jul 18, 2019, 11:18 AM
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Summary : Chamber approves legislation with provision to more closely scrutinize some for-profit colleges that enroll servicemembers, considers a slew of other veterans education-related bills.
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The U.S. House on Friday approved the National Defense Authorization Act with an amendment that would require the Pentagon to more closely scrutinize some for-profit colleges that enroll servicemembers, reported Politico. 

The House legislation would mandate a Department of Defense (DoD) audit of for-profit institutions that fail the Education Department's financial responsibility standards. The provision would also require the DoD to publish an annual list showing how much funding each college receives through the agency's Tuition Assistance program.

The amendment, offered by Representative Donna Shalala (D-FL), drew support from all Democrats and 20 Republicans. Rep. Shalala, a former secretary of health and human services and president of the University of Miami, has been an outspoken critic of the for-profit sector since she was elected to Congress last year.

The Senate-passed version of the defense bill does not include a similar provision, so the amendment will be debated by a conference committee in the coming weeks amid a slew of more high-profile and contentious fights over military spending and foreign policy issues, Politico reported.

Meanwhile, the House Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to consider draft legislation from Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), reported Politico.

The proposed bill would impose new restrictions on how for-profit colleges access GI Bill benefits, cutting off funds to institutions that fail to meet the federal 90/10 rule with the inclusion of all federal funding sources. The legislation is similar to other Democratic efforts to tighten the law, but it does not seek to change the rule in the Higher Education Act directly. Instead, the measure would expand the calculation of funding sources to include veterans and military service education benefits as a condition of for-profit colleges receiving GI Bill funds. The bill is backed by several veterans groups that also testified at the hearing, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Veterans Education Success, Politico reported.

The committee also considered measures to expand veterans housing allowances for online-only classes, expand the amount of GI Bill benefits that veterans have restored when their colleges suddenly close, and mandate colleges receiving GI Bill benefits adopt the Obama-era Principles of Excellence standards⁠—which are currently voluntary. 

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Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Higher Education Act
  • Online and Distance Learning
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • education department
  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
  • tuition assistance program
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