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.


Senate Democrats Drop Bill to Protect Students from Predatory Practices

Mar 26, 2019, 18:06 PM
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Summary : Legislation would provide "common-sense" consumer protections for students and hold predatory institutions accountable when they engage in deceptive and fraudulent practices.
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U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on Tuesday announced plans to introduce legislation that aims to crack down on "predatory" institutions, including for-profit colleges.

The Preventing Risky Operations from Threatening the Education and Career Trajectories of Students Act, or PROTECT Students Act, would provide "common-sense" consumer protections for students and hold predatory institutions accountable when they engage in deceptive and fraudulent practices, according to a press release.

The legislation would:

  • Close the 90/10 rule loophole—that encourages for-profit colleges to target veterans—by counting veterans’ education benefits as federal dollars
  • Restore the cap on the amount of revenue for-profit colleges can receive from federal sources to the original 85 percent—down from the current 90 percent
  • Crack down on career education programs that fail to prepare students for good-paying jobs by codifying the 2014 gainful employment regulations
  • Codify and strengthen the 2016 borrower defense regulation
  • Ban the use of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration and class action restrictions that prevent students from bringing misconduct suits against their institutions in court
  • Codify an Enforcement Unit within FSA to investigate allegations of misconduct by institutions, among other things.

"For our students and veterans to receive the quality education that they deserve, we must ensure that they are protected from predatory practices that too often occur at for-profit colleges and other higher education institutions," Senator Hassan said.

"For-profit colleges enroll just 9 percent of all postsecondary students but account for 34 percent of all federal student loan defaults. Add to that widespread predatory practices and a unique propensity within higher education for massive precipitous collapses, and the for-profit college industry continues to represent a disproportionate risk to students and taxpayers," Senator Durbin said. "Any Higher Education Act reauthorization must address these realities head-on. The PROTECT Students Act does that."

Related Link

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan's Press Release

Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
Tags :
  • 90/10 rule
  • borrower defense
  • Federal Regulations
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • fraud
  • gainful employment
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