An executive order will try to limit deceptive or misleading practices of schools catering to service members, Veterans, and their families.
The order will make it mandatory for schools receiving GI Bill or other Defense Department-funded Veterans education benefits or tuition assistance to provide more information to students who are availing of military tuition assistance. This information, White House officials said, should include a breakdown of the percentage of service members and Veterans who complete courses or degrees.
Aside from the provision mentioned above, the executive order also requires affected schools to “have academic and financial counselors for service members and veterans, and to ease policies for enrollment, re-enrollment and refunds if military-related duties interfere with classes.” There will also be a centralized complaint system that will provide access to investigators, prosecutors and policymakers who enforce the law and regulations.
Only schools that will fully comply with the rules set forth by the federal government will be listed on federal websites, including the VA’s GI Bill website; schools that fail to comply will not be included in these listings.
A press release from the White House reads: “Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill became law, there have been reports of aggressive and deceptive targeting of service members, veterans, and their families by educational institutions, particularly for-profit career colleges.” This executive order aims to ensure that this does not happen.