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January 21, 2013

New Law to Improve Higher Ed Outreach to Veterans


On January 10, 2013, President Obama signed a bill (HR 4057) requiring institutions of higher education to improve transparency and outreach to veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The legislation directs the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a comprehensive policy regarding the information institutions of higher learning must provide to veterans and service members. It was drafted in response to Obama’s Executive Order 13607, which identified “aggressive and deceptive targeting of service members, veterans and their families by some educational institutions” and called for improved standards that would apply to institutions that receive funding from federal educational benefits programs for veterans and service members.

The legislation describes the type of information required, directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to coordinate with other departments and directs that communications with institutions of higher education be carried out, to the extent possible, via the Department of Education.

Consistent with similar provisions in the Higher Education Act, the bill also prohibits certain commissions, bonuses and incentive payments based on enrolling or securing financial aid for service members and veterans.

If you have questions about the new legislation or its requirements, please contact Brian Lennon (blennon@wnj.com or 616.752.2089) or another member of the Higher Education Industry Group at Warner Norcross & Judd.

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