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.


VA Dept. Suspends GI Bill Certifications for Five Universities

Mar 11, 2020, 14:28 PM
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Summary : Agency will suspend educational benefits for new students enrolling in programs at institutions found to use "erroneous, deceptive, or misleading" enrollment practices.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week that it will suspend educational benefits for new students enrolling in programs at five universities—the University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University, Bellevue University, and Temple University—found to use "erroneous, deceptive, or misleading" enrollment practices, reports the Military Times and Inside Higher Ed.

The move will not immediately affect current students, Inside Higher Ed reported. However, the VA will stop approving new GI Bill enrollments at the universities in 60 days unless the institutions take corrective action.

Veterans' education advocate groups support the decision, the Times and Inside Higher Ed reported. Carrie Wofford, president of Veterans Education Success stated: "This sends a powerful message, one we've been advocating for VA to exercise since 2012, that the federal government and taxpayers will no longer tolerate schools that seek to defraud veterans and mother military-connected students out of their hard-earned federal education benefits."

The schools told The Military Times that they will quickly respond to VA to ensure there are no interruptions to students' education. 

Related Links

The Military Times

Inside Higher Ed

Heather Zimar
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  • Enrollment Management
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  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • fraud
  • gi bill
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