U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Resources

VA's Dashboard on student complaints (Continually updated dashboard)

VA's GI Bill College Comparison Tool sets record usage, helping millions of veterans (Feb 2017)

VA's Principles of Excellence for Veterans' Education

VA News & Actions

VA Proposes to Waive Ethics Rule for VA Employees (September 14, 2017) (click here).  Opposition letters filed by:

  • 21 national veterans and military service organizations (Oct. 13, 2017) (click here)
  • Individual veterans at for-profit colleges share their experiences and object to VA's proposal (click here)
  • Veterans Education Success (providing important historical and legal information) (Oct. 13, 2017) (click here)
  • Veterans Student Loan Relief Fund (Oct. 14, 2017) (click here)
  • 21 education, civil rights, and consumer organizations (Oct. 13, 2017) (click here)
  • Walter Shaub, former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, and Campaign Legal Center (Oct. 12, 2017) (letter here)
  • Center for Responsible Ethics in Washington, signed by the White House Ethics Directors for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and others (Oct. 12, 2017) (click here)
  • American Federation of Government Employees, representing VA employees (Oct. 12, 2017) (click here)
  • Service Women's Action Network (click here)
  • Consumer organizations (Oct. 11, 2017) (press release here; letter here)
  • Student Veterans of America (Oct. 9, 2017) (click here)
  • U.S. Senators Murray, Brown, Durbin and Warren (Oct. 5, 2017) (news release here, letter here)
  • U.S. Senator Carper (Oct. 6 2017) (click here)
  • The Century Foundation (Oct. 5, 2017) (click here)

Ashford University

  • Student Veterans of America cautions students about continued enrollment at Ashford University (click here)
  • VA Announces Potential Probation of Ashford (Nov. 9, 2017) (click here)
  • VA Notice to GI Bill Students at Ashford (Nov. 9, 2017) (click here)
  • VES Report: Ashford’s Fight to Maintain GI Bill Access Raises Questions about the Enforcement and the Adequacy of Statutory Requirements (Nov. 9, 2017) (click here)
  • VES Compilation of a Sampling of Ashford Student Veteran Complaints (click here)
  • Chronicle of Higher Education expose: "Inside the Scramble to Save Ashford U: How Political Maneuvering Kept GI Bill Funds Flowing to a For-Profit University" (Nov. 9, 2017) (click here)
  • Bridgepoint Company response to VA action (Nov. 9, 2017) (click here).  Bridgepoint SEC filing (Nov. 14, 2017) (click here).
  • VA Letter to Arizona SAA denying approval of Ashford (Aug. 3, 2017) (click here)
  • VA Letter to Arizona SAA continuing to deny approval of Ashford (Aug. 17, 2017) (click here).  (Full Arizona SAA notice and VA's response, click here)
  • Arizona's Application Form for an Out of State License (click here)  (Arizona's licensure procedure and requirements, click here)
  • VA Alert to Students:  Ashford University Update -- You can continue to attend Ashford beyond August 16th (Aug. 4, 2017) (click here).
  • Ashford e-mail to students (July 26, 2017) (click here).  Other Ashford e-mails to students here.
  • VA Alert to Students: Critical Information for Students Attending Ashford University on the GI Bill (July 20, 2017) (click here).
  • Iowa District Court Rejects Ashford University's Claims, Effectively Pushing it Out of GI Bill (July 17, 2017) (click here)
  • VA Alert to Students:  Information for Students Attending Ashford University on the GI Bill (June 6, 2016) (click here)
  • Ashford CA SAA Application (table of contents click here) (full contents, click on each Part #: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26)

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University of Phoenix:

Other Schools:

Other News:

VA Outreach

U.S Dept. of Defense

Tuition Assistance Actions

University of Phoenix Placed on Probation

Rules for Colleges

Defense Department rules for school participation in Tuition Assistance:  DOD MOU

U.S. Dept. of Education

Rules for Colleges

Fall/Winter 2017-2018: Negotiated Rulemaking on Borrower Defense & Gainful Employment (click here)

October 4, 2017 Public Hearing on Regulatory Reform at the Education Department:

  • Testimony of Tanya Ang, Veterans Education Success (written testimony here and video here and here)
  • Testimony of Will Hubbard, Student Veterans of America (written testimony here and video here and here)
  • Testimony of Bethany Keirans, Vietnam Veterans of America (written testimony here and video here)
  • Testimony of Melissa Bryant, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (written testimony here and video here and here)
  • Testimony of Sean Marvin, Veterans Education Success (written testimony here and video here)
  • Testimony of Heather Donnithorne, Blue Star Families (written testimony here)

September 2017 Nomination Letter from 29 Leading Veterans & Military Service Organizations for the Veterans/Military Representatives on the US Education Department's Borrower Defense & Gainful Employment Rulemaking Panels (click here)

September 2017 Public Comment from 34 Leading National Veterans & Military Service Organizations Urging Betsy DeVos Not to Rollback Student Protections (click here)

July 10 and July 12, 2017 Public Hearings on Education Department Announcement to Cancel and Revise Student Protections:

  • Public Comment from 33 Leading National Veterans Service Organizations and Military Service Organizations (click here)
  • Testimony of Sean Marvin, Legal Director, Veterans Education Success (written testimony here and video here at minute 00:31:33)
  • Testimony of Army veteran Ryan Clark (written testimony here and video here at minute 00:29:00)
  • Testimony of Navy veteran Kevin Thompson (written testimony here, video here, and interview here)
  • Testimony of Walter Ochinko, Veterans Education Success (written testimony here and video here at minute 00:00:40)
  • Testimony of Will Hubbard, Student Veterans of America (written testimony here and video here)
  • Testimony of John Kamin, The American Legion (written testimony here and video here)
  • Testimony of Congressman Mark Takano, Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (written testimony here and video here at minute 00:41:00)
  • Testimony of Bethany Keirans, Vietnam Veterans of America (written testimony here and video here at minute 00:58:10)
  • Testimony of Heather Donnithorne, Blue Star Families (written testimony here and video here at minute 1:52:00)
  • Testimony of Anthony Hardie, Veterans for Common Sense (video here at minute 2:22:00)

Data

U.S. Education Department Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS):  Decision regarding Collecting Data from Colleges on Veteran Enrollment (Technical Review Panel #36: Collecting Data on Veterans)

Reports

New Analysis Finds Many For-Profit Colleges Skirt Federal Funding Limits: 90/10 Data Released (Dec. 2016)

Report on first 6 months of Education Dept's student complaint system: "Federal Student Aid Feedback System Preliminary Report" (Dec. 2016)

Education Department Press Release: "Federal Agencies Enhance Collaboration to Support Veterans in Higher Education" (Nov. 2016)

Title IV Actions

Matt Mitchell, a student veteran, and Sara nolan collins, legal services director, testify at naciqi meeting concerning acics accreditation

Matt Mitchell, a student veteran, and Sara nolan collins, legal services director, testify at naciqi meeting concerning acics accreditation