Veterans Education and the GI Bill

The Issue

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Since its founding as an emergency council during World War I, ACE has advocated for policies to ensure that veterans and service members have access to and the opportunity to succeed in higher education. The 2008 passage of the Post-9/11 GI bill dramatically expanded these opportunities, and ACE has served as a valuable resource to federal policymakers in the development and implementation of this and other legislation on campuses across the country.

Our Work
President Signs Legislation Protecting Veterans GI Bill Benefits During Coronavirus Crisis
President Signs Legislation Protecting Veterans GI Bill Benefits During Coronavirus Crisis
Veterans will continue to receive their GI bill benefits in situations where campuses are forced to move courses online due to COVID-19.
Letter in Support of Ensuring GI Bill Benefits for Online Programs During COVID-19 Pandemic
Letter in Support of Ensuring GI Bill Benefits for Online Programs During COVID-19 Pandemic
Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking the House to approve a bill ensuring veterans continue to receive their GI bill benefits when campuses move courses online due to COVID-19.
 House Passes Bill to Automatically Forgive Student Loans for Disabled Veterans
House Passes Bill to Automatically Forgive Student Loans for Disabled Veterans
Permanently disabled veterans would automatically have their student loan debts canceled under a bill passed by the House on March 10.
Letter to Senate on Ensuring GI Bill Benefits Are Not Interrupted During Coronavirus Pandemic
Letter to Senate on Ensuring GI Bill Benefits Are Not Interrupted During Coronavirus Pandemic
Letter to Sens. Jerry Moran and Jon Tester of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in support of legislation to ensure that veterans continue to receive their GI bill benefits if their institution moves courses online due to the coronavirus.
Letter to House on Ensuring GI Bill Benefits Are Not Interrupted During Coronavirus Pandemic
Letter to House on Ensuring GI Bill Benefits Are Not Interrupted During Coronavirus Pandemic
Letter to Rep. Phil Roe in strong support of H.R. 6194, legislation to ensure that veterans continue to receive their GI bill benefits if their institution moves courses online due to the coronavirus.
Letter in Support of the FREED Vets Act
Letter in Support of the FREED Vets Act
Letter to Reps. Conor Lamb and Brian Fitzpatrick on the Federally Requiring Earned Education-debt Dischages for Vets Act, which would ensure that veterans with a total and permanent disability would have their federal student loans discharged automatic...
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Administration’s Plan to Forgive Student Loans for Disabled Veterans
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Administration’s Plan to Forgive Student Loans for Disabled Veterans
This announcement means that nearly 40,000 disabled veterans—including 25,000 already in default on their loans—will get the benefits that were promised.
Trump Administration Announces Easier Path to Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans
Trump Administration Announces Easier Path to Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans
ACE President Ted Mitchell applauded the announcement and urged the administration to address other loan cancellation problems.
The GI Bill Turns 75
The GI Bill Turns 75
​​The GI Bill, a landmark piece of legislation that has helped millions of veterans pay for postsecondary education, marks its 75th anniversary on June 22.
ACE, Higher Education Groups Write House About Continuing Delays on Processing GI Bill Claims
ACE, Higher Education Groups Write House About Continuing Delays on Processing GI Bill Claims
Along with 11 other higher education groups, ACE sent a letter last week to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs regarding the delays veterans are experiencing receiving their housing allowance and tuition benefits.
Forever GI Bill Set to Go Into Effect in August
Forever GI Bill Set to Go Into Effect in August
Provisions of the Forever GI Bill are scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1, as the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to work on systems and procedures that will help student veterans and campuses access the new benefits for the fall semester.
House Committee Approves Bill to Expand GI Bill Benefits
House Committee Approves Bill to Expand GI Bill Benefits
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted to approve a bipartisan bill to expand the Post-9/11 GI Bill, primarily by redefining eligibility and removing the 15-year cap for benefits that had forced veterans to “use it or lose it.”
Letter to House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Forever GI Bill
Letter to House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Forever GI Bill
ACE and 11 other higher education associations sent a letter to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives regarding the delays of claims processing caused by the implementation of section 107 of the Forever GI Bill.
Letter to Veterans Affairs on Proposed Changes to Implementation of Forever GI Bill
Letter to Veterans Affairs on Proposed Changes to Implementation of Forever GI Bill
Letter submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding proposed changes to the implementation of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, also known as the Forever GI Bill.