VA Extends Deadline to Sign On to 'Principles of Excellence' for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is extending to Aug. 1 the deadline for higher education institutions to indicate their intent to comply with the "Principles of Excellence" for providing services to veterans, military personnel, and their families. VA is also working with the Departments of Defense and Education to develop and disseminate further guidance on complying with the principles.

Lawmakers and higher education associations (including NASFAA) have been asking VA to provide additional information about the principles that were included in Executive Order 13607 signed by President Obama on April 27. 

Obama's order directs the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Education to establish a set of principles to enhance consumer protection for service members, veterans, and other military personnel and their families regarding the use of veteran and military education benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs sent a letter to institutions on May 31, requesting written intention by June 30 to comply with the principles outlined in the order. Institutions would be committing to comply by the end of the 2012-13 academic year.

A number of higher education associations have recommended that their members wait for more details before submitting the written agreement.  NASFAA has concurred with that recommendation.

For more information, see the June 29 letter VA sent to institutions.