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.


Stopgap Negotiations Underway to Avoid Government Shutdown

Sep 10, 2020, 11:14 AM
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Summary : Lawmakers work to hammer out details for a "clean" continuing resolution to extend current government funding and avoid a government shutdown at the end of September.
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While lawmakers continue to clash over the next coronavirus relief package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reached a tentative agreement this week for a "clean" continuing resolution to extend current government funding and avoid a government shutdown at the end of September, Politico reported. 

In August, the House passed a six-bill appropriations minibus, including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education for the upcoming fiscal year. The approved spending bill would modestly boost the Education Department budget by $716 million to $73.5 billion and increase funding for a number of student aid programs. The legislation would also amend the 90-10 rule—tightening the maximum share of revenue for-profit institutions can take in from federal sources at 85 percent and counting military education benefits as federal revenue—and block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from carrying out her new Title IX regulations governing sexual misconduct in schools and colleges. 

The Republican Senate largely opposed the Democrat-led, House-passed legislation, but never officially considered the minibus or produced its own education funding proposal.

As a result, congressional leaders are now focused on a short-term extension, reported Politico. It remains unclear how long the stopgap would extend government funding past September 30, although a mid-December deadline would be the traditional practice during an election year.

Lawmakers and the Trump administration less than a month to reach agreement and enact legislation to keep the federal government running when fiscal year 2021 begins on October 1. 

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Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • 90/10 rule
  • education department
  • Federal Regulations
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • government budget
  • sexual assault
  • sexual misconduct
  • title ix
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