ACE Announces Veterans Education Initiative
November 20, 2008
With the Post-9/11 GI Bill scheduled to begin providing considerably more financial support for veterans next August, the American Council on Education has launched a major initiative aimed at increasing support for veterans seeking higher education. The agenda for "Serving Those Who Serve" includes national surveys, three regional meetings on implementation of the new GI Bill, a web portal, and incentive grants for institutions.
The project will focus on:
- Increasing public awareness of the new GI Bill and higher education’s commitment to serving veterans
- Helping institutions develop programs for veterans
- Facilitating implementation of the administrative provisions of the new GI Bill
- Reaching out to veterans to inform them of available benefits and assist them in planning
An ACE issue brief, based largely on a presidential summit convened last summer, discusses factors that positively affect veterans’ participation: access to information, streamlined benefits processes, provision of academic credit for military training and experience, and transitional support programs on campus. It concludes with ten ways institutions can build supportive policies and practices.
New GI Bill Implementation Planning
NACUBO has been active with ACE and several other associations in working with the Department of Veterans Affairs on implementation of the new GI Bill. In a recent meeting, VA officials estimated that the veteran student population may grow by 20 to 25 percent next year. With less than a year to implement new payment systems, the VA is now planning a two-pronged approach. For the short-term (at least the first year), the agency will rely on an expansion of the capabilities of its current VA Once system supplemented by several hundred new employees in its service center, with all interchange between institutions and VA being handled by the institution’s designated veterans affairs coordinator, including requests for payments of tuition and fees. In the meantime, the VA will work (with a Navy-based technology unit as its contractor) to build a robust, rules-based, fully automated system to determine eligibility, process claims, and make payments to veterans and institutions.
NACUBO will alert members to developments, including proposed regulations expected in December and the joint ACE/VA regional meetings later this winter.
NACUBO Contact: Anne C. Gross, vice president, regulatory affairs, 202.861.2544.
- Task Force Urges Regulatory Reform
- Legislators Take Action on Education, Charitable and Research Incentives
- Associations Comment on College Ratings System
- ON-DEMAND: How to Build, Develop, and Support a Compliance Program at Your Institution
- ON-DEMAND: Strategic Tuition Assessment and Tuition Restructuring
- ON-DEMAND: Are Shared Services Right for Your Organization – The KU Journey
- ON-DEMAND: VIRTUAL: 2014 Annual Meeting
- ON-DEMAND: VIRTUAL: Student Financial Services Conference
- ON-DEMAND: VIRTUAL: Higher Education Accounting Forum
- A Guide to College and University Budgeting: Foundations for Institutional Effectiveness, 4th ed. - by Larry Goldstein
- NACUBO's Guide to Unitizing Investment Pools - by Mary S. Wheeler
- Managing and Collecting Student Accounts and Loans - by David R. Glezerman and Dennis DeSantis