Clearinghouse CEO Rick Torres to Discuss National Plan for Veterans Compliance Reporting at Western Association of Veterans Education Specialists Conference
Rick Torres, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Student Clearinghouse, will provide an update on the Veterans Compliance Reporting Re-Engineering Project to attendees of the Western Association of Veterans Education Specialists 2016 Conference on Monday, July 18.
The project addresses the need to convert today’s manual and labor-intensive veterans’ compliance reporting process into a streamlined solution that enables data to be submitted by educational institutions directly into the VA-ONCE and VACERT systems operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Clearinghouse’s collaborative proposal to the VA would create an interface to the VA system for measurement and an enhanced veteran transition logistics and benefits tool, with integrated debt and financial aid information.
More than one million military veterans and their families have taken advantage of VA education benefits to attend college, with the numbers growing substantially each year.
Several times each term, School Certifying Officials (SC0) must manually enter each student veteran’s information into the VA’s online system.
Given the large population of student veterans at some institutions, the number of manual entries regularly submitted by SCOs can number in the hundreds or even thousands. The processing inefficiencies and human errors can cause payment delays, along with overpayments and underpayments. As importantly, it means that SCOs have less time to assist student veterans with other personal and academic needs.
“The project addresses the need to convert today’s manual and labor-intensive veterans’ compliance reporting process into a streamlined solution.”
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Student Clearinghouse
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The project is supported by the Student Veterans of America, National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).