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Heard: Senators On Warpath Against For-Profit College Military Push
Allied Business Schools, Inc., brought in the most military spouse aid, according to the analysis, earning $5.6 million and topping big names like the Apollo Group and the University System of Maryland, whose University of Maryland University College has long been a military educator. Career Step LLC and Animal Behavior College, also both non-aid-eligible for-profits, were at the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
The three colleges are national chains with large online components. They market their eligibility to receive aid from the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program, which was created in 2009 and provides a maximum of $2,000 per year to spouses of junior rank service members for associate-degree and certificate programs.
Via Inside Higher Ed
Meanwhile, Judson Berger at FoxNews.com writes about Sen. Tom Harkin and other Senators going on the warpath against For-Profit colleges. They are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to trademark the term “GI Bill” and clamp down on false marketing by for-profit schools use of the term as they try to recruit members of the military to their programs.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who has been on a tear against for-profits colleges, sent a letter along with 13 other Democratic senators calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to “exert control” over how the term GI Bill is used, just as the government does with programs like Social Security and Medicare.
The senators expressed “deep concern” about how these schools were recruiting veterans, accusing them of overpromising benefits and charging “exorbitant fees.” Harkin’s office said some recruiters were using the phrase GI Bill on their websites to “wrongly imply” that the benefits can only be used at those institutions.
“Since 1944 the phrase ‘GI Bill’ has been a symbol of our nation’s obligation to give back to those who serve. Any attempt to mislead veterans into using these hard-earned benefits for substandard or overpriced programs should not be tolerated,” the senators wrote. The letter was the latest salvo in a campaign being waged by Harkin and the panel he chairs — the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — against certain corners of the for-profit college industry in the wake of the Post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.
A report last month from committee Democrats showed about half of the military’s tuition assistance dollars was going toward for-profit colleges. Harkin’s office has claimed the schools are spending heavily on recruitment and marketing, but in some cases offering veterans questionable services. Another report in late 2010 looked at 20 such education companies, and claimed the amount of VA and Defense Department benefits they received soared from $67 million in 2006 to $521 million in 2010.
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