Some argue that military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill should be the subject of new restrictions (please see accompanying article in Legislation), making it harder for for-profit schools to use these funds. Increasingly, for-profit schools offer options that traditional schools do not, such as technical and other “career” training. While the for-profit sector has in some cases gotten a bad reputation, our research indicates the occasional problems these days are far outweighed by the benefits offered by good for-profit schools.
The VA itself testified before Congress that this could cost some 66,000 GI Bill beneficiaries their educational options – their schools would shutter or close programs or raise tuition, etc. That’s more than the size of the Coast Guard and it’s almost exactly the Army’s annual recruiting goal. It’s also about 10 percent of GI Bill beneficiaries. Where else would we as veterans’ advocates support a reduction in earned benefits that hurts 10 percent of beneficiaries?
The ROA legislation team conducted research of our own: based on a May 2019 Congressional Budget Office report, five of the 10 most popular institutions under the Post 9/11 GI Bill were private for-profit, with more than 72,000 veterans who likely would be affected by a 90/10 rule change. (That’s just the top five for-profits . . .).
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