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.


President Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Borrower Defense Rules

Jun 4, 2020, 13:09 PM
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Summary : Over protests of veterans' groups, White House rejects measure that would have blocked new regulations that tighten access to student loan forgiveness.
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President Trump on Friday vetoed a bipartisan resolution to overturn new regulations that tighten access to federal student loan forgiveness, The New York Times reported. Set to take effect July 1, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewrite of the Obama-era borrower defense to repayment rule sets more stringent guidelines for when the government will cancel the debt of student loan borrowers that were misled or deceived by a college. 

Congress in March finalized legislation to block the Trump administration's updated regulations.

In vetoing the measure, Trump called it "a misguided resolution that would increase costs for American students and undermine their ability to make choices about their education in order to best meet their needs."

Although the White House had long signaled the move, veterans groups that strongly oppose the regulation had implored Trump to stand with members of the military who they say are routinely preyed upon by unscrupulous schools for their lucrative GI Bill education benefits, reported The Washington Post.

"Veterans have been aggressively targeted due to their service to our country," American Legion National Commander James W. Oxford said in a written statement. "Student veterans are a tempting target for certain online and for-profit schools to mislead with deceptive promises, while offering degrees and certificates of little-to-no value."

The Congressional Review Act resolution, H.J. Res. 76, now heads back to Congress. House Democrats have already scheduled a vote to override the White House veto, the Times reported. However, the resolution did not pass the Republican-controlled Senate by a veto-proof margin. 

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  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
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  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Federal Regulations
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  • for-profit colleges
  • gi bill
  • loan forgiveness
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