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.


Study Finds Veterans Underrepresented at Selective Schools

Jan 17, 2019, 12:42 PM
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Summary : Just 722 undergraduate veterans were enrolled at the nation's 36 most selective private institutions.
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A new report from Ithaka S+R finds that U.S. military veterans are underrepresented at the nation's selective four-year institutions and overrepresented at community college and for-profits, reports Inside Higher Ed. Ithaka S+R is a non-profit organization that works to advance knowledge and improve teaching and learning, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Few veterans attend highly selective colleges. Just 722 undergraduate veterans were enrolled at the nation's 36 most selective private institutions, according to the report.

According to the report, one in 10 veterans who utilizes his or her GI Bill benefits enrolls in an institution with graduation rates over 70 percent, Diverse reported. 
Student veterans made up about 5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate student enrollment in 2016 but represented 13 percent of students enrolled at for-profits, reported Inside Higher Ed. Nearly one in three veterans who receive GI Bill benefits attend for-profits, Inside Higher Ed reported.

As reported by Diverse, the report offered strategies for increasing enrollment of veterans, including collaboration across campuses and developing recruitment strategies.

Related Links
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed

Heather Zimar
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  • Veterans and Service Members
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