The GI Bill Turns 75 June 19, 2019 Section 1 ContentSince ACE’s founding in 1918, the Council has played a key role in responding to the educational needs of military members and veterans, including by working closely with the federal government on two GI Bills—the original implemented after World War II and an updated version in the aftermath of 9/11. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed a commission—which included ACE President George F. Zook—to help America’s World War II veterans return to civilian life. ACE helped draft and lobbied for the passage of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly called the GI Bill. President Roosevelt signed the bill into law on June 22, 1944, saying, “[This bill] gives emphatic notice to the men and women in our armed forces that the American people do not intend to let them down.”The bill awarded military veterans broad and generous economic rights in three key areas: educational support, unemployment benefits, and loan guarantees. The education benefits included annual tuition payments of up to $500 for one to four years, depending on age and length of service, plus a monthly stipend for living expenses.Notably, the benefits were awarded to individuals rather than institutions, so veterans could apply them to the college, university, or vocational, technical, or apprentice training of their choice. Fifty-one percent of all veterans, or roughly 8 million people, accessed the GI Bill’s educational provisions, with about one-fourth pursuing college degrees and the remainder pursuing vocational training.The Department of Veterans Affairs has been commemorating the 75th anniversary by asking recipients to submit videos telling their GI Bill stories by June 22. Accepted videos are being published on the GI Bill website and YouTube. Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Button Content Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related News January 17, 2020 Legislation to create a commission to draft voluntary guidelines for accessible college instructional materials, which ACE has long supported, has been reintroduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Read More News January 17, 2020 Bill to Improve Accessibility of College Materials Reintroduced in Senate News January 13, 2020 The December webinar, “Whither Higher Education Act Reauthorization?” is now archived exclusively on ACE Engage®, ACE’s online community and learning platform. Read More News January 13, 2020 Missed Our Recent Webinar on HEA Reauthorization? No Problem, See It On ACE Engage. News December 20, 2019 Congress this week approved several tax provisions of importance to higher education, including a fix to the so-called “kiddie tax” mistake made in the drafting of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that has inadvertently caused harm to many low- and m Read More News December 20, 2019 Congress Fixes “Kiddie Tax” Mistake, Approves Other Higher Education Tax Provisions Online Event December 10, 20191:00 PM to 1:45 PM This webinar will provide an overview of the prospects for HEA reauthorization, major issues involved with the legislation, and the implications for colleges and universities. Read More Online Event December 10, 20191:00 PM to 1:45 PM Whither HEA Reauthorization? News December 10, 2019 The Future Act passed the House by a vote to 319 to 96. The bill would restore $255 million for MSIs and streamline FAFSA and the process and the process borrowers use to repay income-driven student loans. Read More News December 10, 2019 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on House Passage of the FUTURE Act News December 9, 2019 The Dec. 4 conversation, the first in a monthly series of Public Policy Pop-Ups, was hosted on ACE Engage®, ACE's peer-to-peer online community and learning platform. Read More News December 9, 2019 Public Policy Pop-Ups on ACE Engage Keep Campus Leaders in the Loop News December 9, 2019 The Senate has approved an amendment to the FUTURE Act that would permanently restore $255 million in funding for minority serving institutions and streamline the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Read More News December 9, 2019 Senate Approves Compromise Measure to Extend MSI Funding, Simplify FAFSA News December 2, 2019 ACE is debuting a new feature called the Public Policy Pop-Up on ACE Engage®, ACE’s peer-to-peer online community and learning platform for higher education executives. Read More News December 2, 2019 Introducing Monthly Live Policy Updates on ACE Engage News November 18, 2019 Register now for a Dec. 10 ACE webinar exploring whether the Higher Education Act (HEA) will be reauthorized anytime soon. Read More News November 18, 2019 ACE Webinar: Whither HEA Reauthorization?