VA to suspend some GI Bill enrollments, holding back more than $200 million from ‘deceptive’ universities

VA to suspend some GI Bill enrollments, holding back more than $200 million from ‘deceptive’ universities

by Steve Beynon
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that it plans to terminate some GI Bill enrollments and withhold more than $200 million in payouts to certain universities for deceptive recruiting practices that target veterans and service members.

VA officials notified the University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University, Bellevue University and Temple University that the agency intends to suspend approvals of new enrollments. The move comes after officials found “sufficient evidence” that each school used “erroneous, deceptive, or misleading” enrollment and advertising practices to recruit veteran students, according to a letter that the department sent out to veteran advocacy groups and congressional lawmakers.

“Our aim in taking this action is to protect veterans and their dependents’ GI Bill benefits and comply with the law,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement. “The department is committed to helping beneficiaries avoid any negative consequences that may result.”

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