This is the question that Senators would like answered, according to a feature on the Navy Times.
Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, sponsor of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007, and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the assistant Democratic leader in the Senate, requested for a review of whether veterans are able to receive quality education from for-profit colleges and universities.
This request was said to have been prompted by a congressional report that talked about the possibility that for-profit colleges and universities may be abusing federal financial aid. The report was provided by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Congress’ investigative arm.
In its report, the GAO shared that it determined that enrollment in these educational institutions increased by 225 percent over the past ten years. This significant increase is being attributed partly to the fact that the schools are said to be giving “extra attention” towards being able to attract service member and veteran enrollees. Among the things that they offer are flexible schedules and distance learning programs.
GAO auditors reportedly visited 15 schools, which remained unnamed. The undercover investigation yielded “fraudulent and deceptive marketing tactics” at all the schools, according to the report.
In a testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, Gregory Kutz of the GAO gave the following statement: “Our covert testing at 15 for-profit colleges found that four colleges encouraged fraudulent practices, such as encouraging students to submit false information about their financial status. In addition, all 15 colleges made some type of deceptive or otherwise questionable statement to undercover applicants, such as misrepresenting the applicant’s likely salary after graduation and not providing clear information about the college’s graduation rate.”