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 Veterans' Education Law to Impact Foreign Recruiting

Sep 23, 2021, 11:18 AM
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Summary : The legislation could dissuade colleges from using commissioned agents in international student recruiting out of fear of losing access to GI Bill benefits.
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International higher education organizations, including AACRAO, are seeking changes to the THRIVE Act, a new veterans' education law, that could impact foreign recruiting. The groups argue that the legislation, signed into law in June, could dissuade colleges from using commissioned agents in international student recruiting out of fear of losing access to GI Bill benefits, reports Inside Higher Ed.

A NAFSA: Association for International Educators analysis of the new law explains that it "instructs the State agencies that approve courses of study for GI Bill purposes to take action that could include not approving a school's new programs of study or disapproving previously-approved programs of study" if the agencies determine that the institution, or an entity it contracts with, engages in incentive-based student recruitment.

The Higher Education Act also prohibits incentive-based recruiting but includes an exception for recruiting students internationally. The use of commissioned agents in student recruiting is growing and is controversial, Inside Higher Ed reported. A recent survey by the American International Recruiting Council (AIRC) and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) found that 49 percent of 294 institutions surveyed partner with agents for international undergraduate recruitment.

AACRAO joined NAFSA and other higher education groups in a letter to House and Senate veterans' affairs committees to make technical corrections to the legislation to change the language in the THRIVE Act to align with that in the Higher Education Act.

NAFSA's executive director of public policy, Jill Allen Murphy, told Inside Higher Ed it is unclear how the Department of Veterans Affairs will implement the policy.

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Inside Higher Ed

Heather Zimar
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  • Advocacy
  • Higher Education Act
  • International
  • International Admissions and Credential Evaluation
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • admissions and recruitment
  • Federal relations
  • gi bill
  • incentive compensation
  • Veterans and service members issues
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