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.


New Framework for Overseeing Colleges That Enroll Veterans

Feb 3, 2022, 13:09 PM
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Summary : The model uses public data to assess a college's risk to veterans and taxpayers.
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The American Legion and EducationCounsel (EdCounsel), an education consulting firm, on Tuesday unveiled a new risk-based model to aid state regulators in their oversight of colleges that enroll GI Bill recipients. 

Recent legislation enacted by Congress requires the state agencies that approve colleges for eligibility in the GI Bill program to conduct risk-based reviews to gauge whether the institutions leave students better off and provide a good return to taxpayers, Inside Higher Ed reported. However, state agencies have been slow to implement the change largely due to limited staffing and budgets.

To aid the process, EdCounsel and the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA) undertook a project to develop and test a data-informed approach to implement the risk-based reviews. The organizations worked with a 22-member advisory council—including AACRAO—representing veterans, schools, accreditors, and states to create a framework based on publicly available data about student outcomes, complaints, and institutional financial and enrollment trends (such as sharp increases or decreases in enrollment) to help the agencies assess a college's risk to veterans and taxpayers, reported Inside Higher Ed. 

The model "leverages publicly available metrics to measure the likelihood of risk posed by all institutions receiving GI Bill dollars in each state and allow [approving agencies] to prioritize limited oversight resources toward deeper review of the institutions evincing the most risk," the American Legion and EdCounsel said in the report.

"This pilot has demonstrated that risk-based, outcomes-focused reviews are feasible, effective for regulators and students, and can be realistically implemented, right now," Nathan Arnold, senior advisor at EducationCounsel, said in a statement.

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Lessons from a Risk-Based Oversight Model Designed to Protect Students and Taxpayers 

Inside Higher Ed

Michelle Mott
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  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • learning outcomes
  • State regulatory environments
  • Student Success
  • Veterans and service members issues
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