WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

A report to be released Wednesday from the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a critic of the for-profit education industry who chairs the Senate Education Committee, finds that for-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in the 2012-2013 school term. About a quarter of benefits paid under the program went to the for-profit sector.

Among the top 10 recipient schools in terms of GI Bill funds, eight were from the for-profit sector. One of them was Corinthian Colleges, a chain based in Santa Ana, California, that recently reached an agreement with the Education Department to sell or close its more than 90 U.S. campuses. The Education Department has said it has concerns about the chain’s operations that included allegations of falsifying job placement data used in marketing claims to prospective students, and allegations of altered grades and attendance.

Since the new GI Bill rolled out in 2009, Corinthian has received $186 million in the new GI Bill funds, the report said. Last week, the advocacy group Student Veterans of America placed the schools under the Corinthian umbrella — Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech schools — on its “not recommended” list.

Including Corinthian, the report finds that seven of the eight companies face investigations by states attorneys general or federal agencies for “deceptive and misleading recruiting” or other possible federal violations. Even as overall enrollment decreased at the eight schools since 2009, it says the number of veterans enrolled at these schools increased.

The new GI Bill program provides the most generous school benefits paid to warfighters since the original bill was enacted in 1944. It can be used by a veteran or a member of the immediate family — and more than a million people have used it so far.

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2 thoughts on “Veterans Using GI Bill At For-Profit Colleges Face Problems

  1. R. Womack on said:

    I am currently attending ECPI in Newport News, Virginia and it is funny that so many vets(including myself) are feeling that all they(this school) wants is our money. So many have complained that the instructors are not qualified to teach, school administration constantly tell us that their hands are tied when there are mass complaints about instructors. They make it hard to finish, because they don’t have anyone to teach particuliar courses. Instructors are not helpful to the students and they treat us like second class citizens. I am currently in the Gaming Simulation cirriculum and they are going to not carry this one any more. One of the courses is a programming course and the instructor treats us like we are already programmers and that is not the case. I am sorry that I ever attended this school. Our complaints to the school administration are tossed in the trash.

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