For-Profit Universities May Be Exploiting Veterans

It has been alleged that for-profit universities are exploiting veterans and active-duty soldiers in order to have their Post-9/11 GI Bill money. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Sen. Harkin believes many for-profit universities manipulate veterans and soldiers with deceptive tactics designed to bring GI Bill money into their university rather than ensuring students receive decent educations.

Harkin’s committee has been investigating higher education at for-profit universities. Enrollment at those for-profit universities the Department of Defense (DoD) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers with their tuition reimbursement, increased from 23,766 in 2006 to 100,702 through the first half of 2010. For 20 for-profit universities, profits from military education benefits rose from $66.6 million in 2006 to an estimated $521.2 million by the end of 2010; a 683% increase. Overall profits for those same 20 for-profit universities increased 26.1%. Profits from military educational benefits, however, rose 211% between 2009 and 2010. Within the same year, the Post-9/11 GI Bill paid out $1.75 billion in educational benefits. For-profit schools took 36.5%, Or $640 million of that money.

Advocates for for-profit universities attribute the growth in attendance is due to the large amount of veterans now attending school because of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Further, instead of investigating the for-profit universities, advocates feel it should be celebrated that soldiers are receiving educations.

Veterans report being inundated and relentlessly harassed by for-profit universities. Further, there is serious concern the for-profit universities are providing quality educations to their students. Many veteran/solider students never completed their degrees once they started attending for-profit universities, although the investigation did not measure exactly how many withdrew from the universities.

For-profit universities are also being investigated overall for deceptive recruiting practices as well as their low graduation rates and job placement promises.

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