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 Push to Close the 90/10 Loophole

Nov 20, 2019, 17:11 PM
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Summary : The Protect VETS Act is the first 90/10 loophole bill to receive bipartisan backing in the Senate, a point that advocates hope will spur momentum in Congress.
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Late last week, a group of lawmakers introduced the first bipartisan bill in the Senate to protect military and veteran students by closing the 90/10 loophole.

Current law limits for-profit schools from receiving more than 90 percent of their tuition dollars from federal sources, requiring them to secure at least 10 percent of their revenues from sources other than taxpayers. However, military and veterans' education benefits, such as, like the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Tuition Assistance (TA), are not counted against that cap. Some for-profit schools have exploited this 90/10 loophole by using aggressive recruitment practices and deceptive marketing to enroll servicemembers, veterans and other GI Bill beneficiaries, according to a press release. 

The Protect Veterans' Education and Training Spending (Protect VETS) Act—led by U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) along with Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Jon Tester (D-MT), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs—would close the loophole by counting Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense education funds as federal dollars. 

The proposed legislation would also:

  • require proprietary schools to provide updated 90/10 data in their annual report to Congress; 
  • move to a system of tiered penalties for schools that violate the 90/10 rule;
  • provide an appeal process that grants high-quality proprietary institutions relief from penalties;
  • add a caution flag to the GI Bill Comparison Tool when an institution violates 90/10; and
  • apply the new 90/10 rule for a limited time to for-profit schools after they convert to non-profit status.

"Unfortunately, for too long, bad-actors in the for-profit sector have exploited a loophole in the system—known as the 90/10 loophole—and taken advantage of our veterans and their generous education benefits. To be clear, not all for-profit schools are bad actors. In fact, many are doing a good job. However, I believe that one veteran misled or mistreated by a for-profit school is one veteran too many," said Sen. Carper. "In response, I believe it's long past time for Congress to heed the advice of our nation's Veterans Service Organizations and close the 90/10 loophole."

The Protect VETS Act is the first 90/10 loophole bill to receive bipartisan backing in the Senate, a point that advocates hope will spur momentum in Congress, The Military Times reported.

In an unexpected move, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued his support this week for the proposed bill, Inside Higher Ed reported. Alexander's decision, which comes after years of opposition on his part, appears to be part of the ongoing negotiations over his package of legislation to narrowly update to the Higher Education Act. 

"I appreciate the work Senators Carper, Cassidy, Lankford and Tester have done to take a highly partisan issue and create a bipartisan solution," Alexander said in a statement. "This is a responsible and reasonable step to ensure that all of our military and veteran students are attending quality institutions worth their time and money."

Related Links

U.S. Senator Tom Carper's Press Release

The Military Times

Inside Higher Ed

Michelle Mott
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