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.


Some Colleges with Most GI Benefits Spending Least on Educating Veterans

Apr 24, 2019, 18:10 PM
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Summary : New report finds that spending on instruction often correlates with students' success in graduating and finding a job, even when students enter college underprepared.
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A new report by Veterans Education Success found that seven of the ten colleges receiving the most GI Bill benefits spent less than one-third of tuition and fees on academic instruction in 2017, reports The Washington Post.

The report noted that spending on instruction often correlates with students' success in graduating and finding a job, even when students enter college underprepared.

From 2009-2017, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs awarded nearly $35 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition payments to colleges and universities nationally. Ten schools alone received a total of $5.4 billion in GI payments, with University of Phoenix, DeVry, and Strayer universities receiving the most, the Post reported. The top three recipients spent only 11 to 15 percent of gross tuition revenue on educating students.

The report does not explain where the schools are spending tuition dollars that are not allocated for instruction.

Of the top 10 recipients of GI Bill benefits, Pennsylvania State University spent the largest proportion of gross tuition revenue (70 percent) on instruction, the Post reported. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and for-profit ECPI University followed, with 41.4 percent and 38.3 percent, respectively.

Colorado Technical University used only 8.2 percent of its gross tuition revenue for teaching in 2017, reported the Post. The for-profit school’s owner, Career Education Corp., allotted more than 37 percent of revenue to recruiting and marketing.

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