Publication Date: July 13, 2012
Subject: Implementation of E.O. 13607 - Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and other Family Members
Summary: This letter provides guidance to postsecondary institutions on implementation of Section 2 of Executive Order 13607 signed by the President on April 27, 2012: standardized cost form, Federal aid information, aggressive and fraudulent recruiting, accreditation, readmission, refund, individual education plans, and academic and financial counseling point(s) of contact.
On April 27, 2012, the President signed Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members. The published Executive Order is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10715.pdf. This Executive Order addresses key areas relating to Federal military and veterans educational benefits programs.
The enclosure to this letter provides additional guidance on how postsecondary institutions may comply with Section 2, paragraphs (a) through (h) of Executive Order 13607 covering the following areas: (a) standardized cost form, (b) Federal aid information, (c) aggressive and fraudulent recruiting, state authorization, misrepresentation, and incentive compensation, (d) accreditation, (e) readmission, (f) refund, (g) individual education plans, and (h) academic and financial counseling point(s) of contact. The guidance is provided in a question and answer format to best address issues raised by service members, veterans and their families, and institutions participating in the Federal military and educational benefit programs.
This guidance is provided to assist institutions with understanding how best to comply with Executive Order 13607 in these areas and does not make changes to the Executive Order. Affected parties are responsible for taking the steps necessary to comply pursuant to their arrangements with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
We thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to implement these principles.
David A. Bergeron
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education