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 Press Obama Administration on 90/10 Rule

Jun 23, 2016, 15:30 PM
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A group of 30 Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. this week urging the agency to "improve the transparency and accountability" of the 90/10 rule, according to Politico Morning Education.

The regulation requires that for-profit colleges receive less than 90 percent of their revenue from federal sources to be eligible to participate in federal student aid programs. Currently, military tuition spending and Post 9/11 GI Bill funds do not count toward the threshold of the federal share.

In the letter, the lawmakers -- led by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Patty Murray (D-WA) -- praise the Obama administration's legislative proposal to replace the 90/10 rule with an 85/15 rule, but add that "there is more the department can do to hold colleges accountable under the current 90/10 rule."

Under the 85/15 rule, for-profit colleges would have to receive at least 15 percent of their revenue from nonfederal sources to qualify for federal student aid. That legislation, which was originally introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin, would also alter the current rule to count educational benefits for veterans and members of the military toward that federal limit.

Additionally, the senators want the department to publish the percentage of funds that colleges receive from the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense education programs, to craft new policies to prevent colleges from gaming the system, and to more aggressively verify an institution's 90/10 calculations.

Department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt said, "We look forward to responding to the letter, and appreciate that it acknowledges that the Obama Administration continues to call on Congress to fix the 90/10 rule to better protect veterans, service members, and taxpayers."


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