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.


New Data on Veteran Students

Feb 12, 2020, 18:23 PM
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Summary : Report finds that 43 percent of military undergraduates and 36 percent of military graduate students receive some form of federal education benefits.
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A new report from the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics found that about 6 percent of undergraduates in 2015-16 were veterans of the U.S. military, active-duty service members, in the reserves or the National Guard, reports Inside Higher Ed.

According to the report, the federal government spent $14.3 billion on military education benefits and aid that year. That was an increase from the 12.1 billion in 2010-11, Inside Higher Ed reported.

The report also found that 43 percent of military undergraduates and 36 percent of military graduate students received some form of federal education benefits, Inside Higher Ed reported.

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Heather Zimar
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