VES Reports

with Harvard Law School, Veteran and Servicemember Complaints about Misconduct and Illegal Practices at Kaplan Schools (Dec. 2017)

Fact Sheet:  The Gainful Employment Rule and Its Importance to Veterans (December 2017)

Fact Sheet: The Borrower Defense Rule and Its Importance to Veterans (December 2017)

Department of Education Data Shows Increased Targeting of Veterans and Servicemembers, Highlighting Urgency of Closing 90/10 Loophole (November 2017).  (Press Release here)

Ashford's Fight to Maintain GI Bill Access Raises Questions About the Enforcement and Adequacy of Statutory Requirements (November 2017).

  • Press release here 
  • A sampling of student veteran complaints about Ashford are here.  And a full report on student veteran complaints about Ashford is here
  • Fact Sheet on Ashford is here.

Elevating Veterans' Voices - After Action Report - Summer and Fall 2017 (Nov. 2017) (click here)

Issue Brief: Repayment Status for First-Time Student Veterans 12 Years After Enrolling (Oct. 2017) (Press release here)

Veterans with Pending Borrower Defense Applications at the Education Department (Summer 2017)

Misleading Websites and "Lead Generators": A Case Study: Victory Media's "Military Friendly Schools" (Aug. 2016, updated Feb. 2017)

"Friend of the Court" amicus curiae briefs filed regarding the rights of whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act: Scott Rose et al. v. Stephens Institute, d/b/a Academy of Art University, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit:  Amicus brief filed (Aug. 7, 2017) (click here), Motion for permission to file amicus curiae brief (Aug. 9, 2017) (click here); Stephens Institute's Reply Brief (Sept. 2017) (click here); Court recognition of VES' amicus curiae filing, (Oct. 2017) (click here).

Yale Law School, Student Veteran Complaints Alleging Illegal Practices at a Large, Mostly Online For-Profit College (May 2017)

Yale Law School, Student Veteran Complaints Alleging Illegal Practices at a Very Large, Mostly Online For-Profit College (May 2017)

The ITT Collapse: Lessons Learned and Dealing with Future Challenges (Oct. 2016)

Trends in Veteran and Servicemember Student Complaints about DeVry University (Aug. 2016)

Trends in Veteran and Servicemember Student Complaints about ITT Technical Institute (May 2016)

Yale Law School VA's Failure to Protect Veterans from Deceptive College Recruiting Practices (2016)

The GI Bill Pays for Degrees That Do Not Lead To a Job 20% of 300 programs approved for GI Bill don't meet to state licensing and certification requirements (Sept. 2015)

The Corinthian Sale: Lessons Learned & Dealing With Future Challenges (Feb. 2015)

Why For-Profit Institutions are targeting Veterans Education Benefits (Jan. 2014)

 

Congress

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Elizabeth Warren: Insult to Injury: How the DeVos Department of Education is Failing Defrauded Students (Nov. 2017)

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs, Staff Report for Ranking Member Tom Carper, Education Denied: The Importance of Assisting Veterans Harmed by School Closures (Oct. 2016)

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:  Is the New GI Bill Working?  For-Profit Colleges Increasing Veteran Enrollment and Federal Funds (2014)

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:  Executive Summary: For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success (2012)

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:  For-Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment & Ensure Student Success (2012)

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:  PowerPoint Slides on GI Bill & For-Profit Colleges (2012)

U.S. Education Department Data on For-Profit Colleges' Violation of 90/10 Law

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:  Recruiting Training Manuals from Top for-Profit Colleges (2012)

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions: Department of Defense Data Reveals For-Profit Colleges Are Taking in the Bulk of Military Education Benefits (2012)

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:  Charts on Defense Department & For-Profit Colleges (2012)

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions:  Benefitting Whom? For-Profit Education Companies and the Growth of Military Educational Benefits (2011)

U.S. Senate Permanent SubCommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs: Abuses in Federal Student Aid Programs (1991) 

U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Report to Accompany S.2784 Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (S. Rep. 907, 93d Congress) (1974) (see especially pages 71-72 and 126 re: 85-15 rule)

U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Educational, Training, and Loan Guaranty Programs Under the GI Bill:  Report: Investigating Educational and Training Programs Under GI Bill (1952) (H. Rep. 1375, 82d Congress) - led by "Mr. Veteran" Chairman Olin "Tiger" Teague




Department of Veterans Affairs Reports

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Economic Communities Initiative Pilot: 2016 Report & Highlights (Jan. 2017)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education: Recommendations (March 2016)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Feedback System (VA's report on student complaints in FY 2014) (January 2015)


Department of Education Reports

U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General, Federal Student Aid’s Borrower Defense to Repayment Loan Discharge Process (Dec. 2017)

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Repayment of Student Loans as of 2015 Among 1995–96 and 2003–04 First-Time Beginning Students (Oct. 2017) (finding for-profit colleges are twice as likely to produce students who default on their loans, at a rate of 52%)

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, A Profile of the Enrollment Patterns and Demographics of Undergraduates at For-Profit Institutions (March 2017)

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

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

U.S. Department of Education, New Analysis Finds Many For-Profit Colleges Skirt Federal Funding Limits: 90/10 Data Released (Dec. 2016)

U.S. Department of Education 90/10 data on colleges' abuse of GI Bill and DOD student funds (Dec. 2016)

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, A Profile of Military Undergraduates (statistics on military, veteran, and dependent college students) (July 2016)

U.S. Department of Education, Strengthening the Student Loan System to Better Protect All Borrowers (Oct. 2015) 


Other Government Reports

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:  What Does the Coast Guard Know About The GI Bill That Other Services Do Not? (Dec. 2017)

US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:  A 50-State Look at Complaints About Student Loans (October 2017)

US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Prepared Remarks of Seth Frotman, Assistant Director and Student Loan Ombudsman, Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (October 2017) (reporting 200,000 servicemembers currently collectively owe more than $2.9 billion in student debt)

US Congressional Research Service:  The Closure of Institutions of Higher Education:  Student Options, Borrower Defense, and Implications (June 2017)

Congressional Research Service:  An Overview of Accreditation of Higher Education in the U.S. (March 2017)

US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Servicemember Affairs, Charting our Course Through the Military Life Cycle (May 2017)

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Staff Perspective on Lead Generation (deceptive websites that sell personal information) (Sept. 2016)

Congressional Research Service:  The Post-9/11 Veterans' Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post-9/11 GI Bill): A Primer (Sept. 2017)

Congressional Research Service: GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer (Jan. 2016)


Non-Governmental Reports

Center for American Progress:  Who Are Student Loan Defaulters? (Dec. 2017)

The Century Foundation: Encouraging Innovation & Preventing Abuse in For-Profit Higher Education: A 2018 Toolkit for State Policy Makers (Dec. 2017)

Higher Learning Advocates:  101: Postsecondary Data (Dec. 2017)

The Century Foundation:  Gainful Employment and for-profit college regulatory structure (Dec. 2017)

The Century Foundation:  College Complaints Unmasked: 99 Percent of Student Fraud Claims Concern For-Profit Colleges (Nov. 2017) (with collaboration from VES, profiles one of the veterans VES is assisting with Borrower Defense and other relief).

Third Way: How Well Does Our Higher Education System Serve Those Who Have Served Us? (Nov. 2017)

Third Way: GE By the Numbers:  How Students Fared at Programs Covered Under the Gainful Employment Rule (Sept. 2017)

State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, State Higher Education Finance: FY 2016 (analyzes state higher education funding) (2017)

Dan Rather, executive producer, Fail State:  A Documentary on Higher Education Failures (2017)

Raj Chetty, National Bureau of Economic Research, Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility (July 2017)

RAND: Are Current Military Education Benefits Efficient and Effective for the Services? (2017) 

US Public Interest Research Group, Protecting Those Who Serve: How the CFPB Safeguards Military Members and Veterans from Abuse in the Financial Marketplace (2017)

Consumer Federation of America:  Impact of the Financial CHOICE Act on Military Families (2017)

Student Veterans of America: National Veteran Education Success Tracker: A Report on the Academic Success of Student Veterans Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill (2017)

The Century Foundation Vietnam Vets and a New Student Loan Program Bring New College Scams:  The Cycle of Scandal at For-Profit Colleges (2017)

The Century Foundation Truman, Eisenhower, and the First GI Bill Scandal (2017)

The Century Foundation The Reagan Administration's Campaign to Rein in Predatory For-Profit Colleges (2017)

The Century Foundation When George H. W. Bush "Cracked Down" on Abuses at For-Profit Colleges (2017)

CNA for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness: Population Representation in the Military Services: Fiscal Year 2015 Summary Report (2017)

Brookings Institution:  How Much Do For-Profit Colleges Rely on Federal Funds? (2017)

Yale Law School VA's Failure to Protect Veterans from Deceptive College Recruiting Practices (2016)

Benjamin Castleman, Francis Murphy, and William Skimmyhorn, Marching Across Generations? An Analysis of the Benefits Transfer Provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill (2016)

The Century Foundation: Covert For-Profit: How College Owners Escape Oversight through a Regulatory Blind Spot (2015)

Brookings Institution:  A Crisis in Student Loans?  How Changes in the Characteristics of Borrowers and in the Institutions They Attended Contributed to Rising Loan Defaults (Fall 2015)

Andrew Barr, Journal of Human Resources: From the Battlefield to the Schoolyard:  The Short-Term Impact of the Post-9/11 GI Bill (2015)

Irene Coons, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Use of Standardized Tests Within Nursing Education Programs (2014)

National Bureau of Economic Research Evaluating Student Outcomes at For-Profit Colleges (2012)

David Deming, Claudia Goldin & Lawrence Katz, The For-Profit Post-Secondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators? American Economic Association Journal of Economic Perspectives (2012)

Curtis J. Simon, Sebastian Negrusa, and John T. Warner, Economic Inquiry: Educational Benefits and Military Service: An Analysis of Enlistment, Reenlistment, and Veterans’ Benefit Usage 1991-2005 (2010)

Suzanne Mettler, Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation (2007)

John Bound and Sarah Turner, Journal of Labor Economics: Going to War and Going to College: Did World War II and the GI Bill Increase Educational Attainment for Returning Veterans? (2002)

President’s Commission on Veterans’ Pensions, Omar Bradley, Chairman (known popularly as the “Bradley Commission”): Veterans Benefits in the United States (1956)