Last year, the Department of Defense took a bold move against the University of Phoenix, placing the nation’s largest for-profit college on probation and putting tuition assistance for active-duty students at the school at risk. This gave the rest of the for-profit education industry notice that the DoD was not going to stand idly and let those institutions exploit veterans.
Student Veterans of America is using its influence to inform student veterans of universities to watch out for when pursuing higher education. On Monday, SVA announced a new initiative to raise awareness of schools “that may present challenges for veterans,” in other words, these schools are screwing over the veterans community. The first three institutions named --- Everest College, Heald College, and Wyotech --- have been added to SVA’s “Not Recommended” list and are part of a chain of for-profit career colleges under a company called Corinthian Colleges, which owns more than 100 campuses nationwide, and receives more than $1 billion federal aid each year. According to SVA, Corinthian Colleges was actively recruiting service members on military bases even when many of its campuses face potential closure. It has since been confirmed that Corinthian Colleges plans to sell 85 of its schools and close 12 others.