Legislative Tracker: Military & Veterans Aid

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For military and veteran's aid proposals from the previous sessions of Congress, visit the Legislative Tracker Archive: Military & Veterans Aid


*NEW* H.R.4012 - Safeguarding Student Veterans Act

Sponsor: Rep. Cummings [D-MD]
Cosponsors: 2 (0D; 2R)
Introduced: 07/25/2019
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would require the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to share information about institutions of higher education that specifically target veteran students for enrollment. Institutions who are placed on heightened cash monitoring status would also have their financial and compliance issues shared with the VA.

H.R.3598 - FREED Vets Act

Sponsor: Rep. Lamb, Conor [D-PA]
Cosponsors: 4 (2 R; 2 D)
Introduced: 06/28/2019
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]
Cosponsors: 1 (1 R; 0 D)
Introduced: 06/28/2019
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would automatically discharge federal student loans for veterans who have been assigned a rating of total disability or have been determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to be unemployable due to a service-connected condition.

H.R.3512 - Preventing Risky Operations from Threatening the Education and Career Trajectories of Students (PROTECT) Act of 2019

Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Susie [D-NV]
Cosponsors: 8 (0 R; 8 D)
Introduced: 06/26/2019
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This piece of legislation would address the GI Bill loophole and reform protections for student loan borrowers. The bill would close the GI Bill loophole by including funds from the Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense in the definition of federal education assistance funds and would revert to a 85:15 revenue ratio for proprietary institutions. This bill would reform the process for proprietary institutions to convert to non-profit status and would establish an interagency committee for the federal oversight of for-profit schools. Additionally, the bill would prohibit Title IV institutions from including pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses or class action bans from their student enrollment agreements and bolster the 2016 borrower defense rule.  Finally, the bill would ban the usage of federal education assistance funds for marketing and recruitment.

H.R.3369 - Defending All Veterans In Education Act

Sponsor: Rep. Shalala, Donna E. [D-FL]
Cosponsors: 20 (1 R; 19 D)
Introduced: 06/19/2019
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill aims to close the GI Bill loophole. It would require proprietary institutions to receive no less than 20% of its revenue from non-federal funds. Additionally, this bill clarifies the definition of federal funds to include GI bill benefits except for the monthly housing stipend provided under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program.

H.R.1652 - Veteran Education Empowerment Act

Sponsor: Rep. Frankel (D-FL)
Co-Sponsors: 4 (2 R; 2 D)
Introduced: 03/08/2019
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would award grants to institutions of higher education to create or improve Veteran Student Centers on campuses. In addition to a multitude of other services, the Centers would help Veterans to understand and obtain benefits provided by the institution, or the Federal Government and State financial aid awards.

H.R.1229 - Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses Act of 2019

Sponsor: Rep. Chabot (R-OH)
Co-Sponsors: 8 (2 R; 6 D)
Introduced: 02/14/2019
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would protect borrowers enrolled in the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program from being penalized if during their eligible teaching period they have to relocate because their spouse is a member of the Armed Forces.

H.R.730 - Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act

Sponsor: Rep. King (R-NY)
Co-Sponsors: 35 (15 R; 20 D)
Introduced: 01/23/2019
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to be used for fees for an institution's application for admission.


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Publication Date: 8/20/2019

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