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 Passes $1.3 Trillion Spending Package for FY 2021

Aug 5, 2020, 19:47 PM
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Summary : The Democrat-led measure—which would boost higher ed funding, amend the 90-10 rule, and block new Title IX rules—is not expected to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Senate.
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $13 trillion six-bill spending package, H.R. 7617, for fiscal year 2021, The Hill reported. 

The Democrat-led measure would provide $73.5 billion for the Education Department, a $716 million boost over current levels. 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 spending package 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 this month, over the objections of many school and college groups.

Ahead of the bill's passage, AACRAO and other higher education associations sent a letter in support of the higher education-related provisions.

While the House-approved appropriations minibus is not expected to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Senate, the upper chamber has stalled on appropriations work this summer, the Hill reported. With the probability of a deal uncertain, Congress is likely to pass a stopgap measure to keep the government funded and prevent a shutdown ahead of November's elections.

Related Links

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Press Release

The Hill

Michelle Mott
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  • 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
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  • pell grant
  • SEOG
  • sexual assault
  • title ix
  • TRIO
  • work study
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