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 Federal Report Profiles Enrollment Patterns of Military Student

Aug 31, 2016, 22:09 PM
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The U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics released new data this week profiling military servicemembers and veterans receiving education benefits. The report, entitled "After the Post-9/11 GI Bill," looks at the enrollment patterns of military and veteran students utilizing the 2009-enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill, compared to prior data collected on Montgomery GI Bill recipients.

The report shows that there were nearly 1.1 million military students enrolled in undergraduate education in 2011-12, up from 914,000 in 2007-08, exceeding overall U.S. student enrollment growth. During the same time period, use of veterans' education benefits by military students increased among both undergraduates (36 percent to 55 percent) and graduate students (22 percent to 46 percent). The average amounts awarded to these recipients grew, as well, rising from $5,800 to $7,900 for undergraduates and from $5,600 to $8,200 for graduate students.

During the four years before 2012, the percentage of military undergraduates attending for-profit institutions increased to 24 percent from 14 percent, the report said, while the percentage attending community colleges declined to 37 percent from 42 percent.

In addition, both undergraduate and graduate military students participated in online education at higher rates than their nonmilitary peers. The report found that 18 percent of military undergraduates took all of their courses online, compared with 12 percent of their nonmilitary peers, Inside Higher Ed reported. Among military graduate students, 41 percent attended fully online compared to 19 percent of nonmilitary graduate students.


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After the Post-9/11 GI Bill Report

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