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.


Report Examines 90-10 Rule

Feb 6, 2019, 16:15 PM
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A recent Brookings Institution report looked at the potential effects of dropping the 90-10 rule on for-profit, private, and public colleges, reports Inside Higher Ed.

The rule requires 10 percent of the revenue from for-profit institutions that are eligible for federal aid to come from non-federal sources. The cap does not apply to revenue from U.S. military and veteran student benefits. The rule was enacted by Congress in the 1990s to be a form of quality control because it requires for-profits to attract some students who pay out of pocket and to prevent for-profits from relying only on federal aid revenue.

Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have challenged the fairness of the rule because it only affects for-profit institutions, Inside Higher Ed reported.

The Brookings report found that eliminating the rule would have a negative impact.

"The rule seems to be a real limitation on the ability of certain for-profit schools to expand, especially the large chains," said Adam Looney, a co-author of the report. "If the 90-10 rule is eliminated … more students would be going to these large for-profit chains, and more of them would have relatively worse outcomes when it comes to student loans."

More than 97 percent of public and nonprofit institutions would comply with the 90-10 rule if it applied to those sectors, the report found.

If the threshold were lowered, the Brookings analysis found that many for-profits would fail, reported Inside Higher Ed.

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