Bill To Close Loophole Used By For-Profit Colleges Targeting Vets Back On The Table

AP photo by Mead Gruver

An article published in the Atlantic looks at how some for-profit colleges target veterans and their families in order to take advantage of an education benefits loophole. For-profit schools are prohibited from receiving more than 90% of their tuition from government aid, but this does not include funds from military students, which has led some for-profit schools to disproportionately target veterans who have access to Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits.

“There are too many for-profits that are more interested in getting the dollars, picking up the revenue ... adding to their bottom line,” said Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, a sponsor of the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act, a bill aimed at closing the loophole. The bill has been introduced a number of times since 2012, but as of yet, has never gotten a vote.

Senate research shows that in the past five years, 40% of post 9/11 G.I Bill tuition benefits have gone to the private sector. As opinion toward for-profit schools begins to shift, this could mean the bill, which was reintroduced on Wednesday, could have a chance of passing.

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was a lance corporal in the Marines and received awards for service in Afghanistan. (Michigan ACLU)

KENT COUNTY, MI – The ACLU is demanding an investigation after a Grand Rapids-born U.S Marine combat veteran was held for possible deportation.

Read More Show Less

Ronald Reagan's dream of space-based lasers shielding the United States from ICBMs will not come to fruition in the near future, despite the Trump administration's focus on space.

Read More Show Less

The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.

Read More Show Less

Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.

Read More Show Less