Stop For-Profit Schools From Stealing Veterans' Dreams!
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Sponsor: The Veterans Site
Pass the Defending All Veterans In Education Act and protect student veterans from losing out on a career!
The expansion of the GI tuition benefit in 2008 included a rule exempting GI Bill funds from counting toward for-profit colleges' maximum 90% revenue from federal aid. This has incentivized for-profit schools to target student veterans with aggressive and misleading advertising 4. Making matters worse, A 2016 analysis found that at least 200 colleges would not be compliant with federal funds reporting under the 90/10 rule if Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits were considered 1.
Since the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the enrollment of veterans has increased faster than ever. Today, for-profit schools enroll only 10 percent of the overall student population, but about 23 percent of student veterans, who spend 36.5 percent of the yearly GI Bill benefit disbursement on them 2.
For-profit schools have faced millions in fines for deceiving student veterans who rely on GI Bill money to pay for their education. The Federal Trade Commission admonished several such schools for misleading veterans in their advertising, one going so far as to claim it was affiliated with the US Army, Microsoft, Twitter, Adobe, and Yahoo 3.
A report from Senator Tom Harkin, chairmen of the Senate Health, Education and Labor Pensions (HELP) Committee, shows for-profit college companies received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits during the 2012-2013 school year. That means for-profit schools claimed nearly a quarter of the benefits paid under the GI-Bill program 4.
In 2018 alone, the University of Phoenix received the most GI Bill money of any other school, $150.6 million, from more than 22,780 students 5.The University of Phoenix and Colorado Technical University received millions from student veterans and spent the least percentage of that cash on student instruction 5.
The Trump Administration's decision to once again allow these for-profit schools access to student veterans GI Bill benefits is a slap in the face to service members past and present.
The DAVIE Bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Donna E. Shalala and would change the 90/10 rule to an 80/20 ratio. It would also classify GI Bill benefits as federal dollars, including them in the capped 80% and removing the incentive to target student veterans without recrimination.6.
The DAVIE Bill now sits before the House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman where, with 53 cosponsors, it awaits the next stage of being released from committee and voted on by the house and Senate.
Sign and tell House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott to bring the DAVIE bill to a vote today.
- Hallie Busta, Education Dive (18 July 2019), "For-profit colleges get outsized share of GI Bill benefits."
- Sarah Reinheimer, Stripes (25 August 2011), "Count GI Bill benefits as federal financial aid."
- Quil Lawrence, NPR (16 July 2020), "Trump Administration Clears For-Profit Colleges To Register Veterans Again."
- Elizabeth Jones, PBS (30 Jones 2014), "New report shows nearly $2 billion in GI Bill funds go to for-profit colleges."
- Abbie Bennett, Connectingvets.com (6 July 2020), "VA lifts GI Bill suspensions for colleges accused of 'deceptive' enrollment practices."
- Patricia Kime, Military.com (19 June 2019), "Lawmaker: Close GI Bill 'Loophole' that Benefits For-Profit Colleges."
Dear House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott,
The future of our student veterans is too valuable to gamble away on for-profit schools that have already been fined for defrauding them.
The rule that caps federal aid income at 90% of revenue only incentivizes these practices, as GI Bill benefits have not previously been classified as federal aid. It's time this loophole is closed, and the rule changed to put our veterans first.
The proposed Defending All Veterans In Education Act, H.R.3369, would change the 90/10 rule to an 80/20 ratio. It would classify GI Bill benefits as federal dollars, including them in the capped 80% and removing the incentive to target student veterans without recrimination.
This bill is currently on your committee's desk awaiting its release to a vote. The time for that vote has never been more important.
I demand you release the Defending All Veterans In Education Act for a vote in the House of Representatives, and give student veterans a brighter future.