The generous education benefits earned by veterans and active-duty military from their service make them targets for predatory for-profit colleges. Certain regulations actively incentivize these schools to target veterans, such as the “90/10 loophole”.
The 90/10 rule stipulates that for-profit colleges should not be funded solely by federal taxpayers, and federal taxpayers should not be propping up low-quality schools. However, the loophole excludes GI Bill and Department of Defense funding, which allows for-profit colleges that are unable to draw minimal funding beyond federal dollars can effectively evade oversight by aggressively targeting and enrolling military students.
Because of the significant proportion of military students that attend for-profit colleges, it is also particularly important for them that other regulations that protect students from predatory colleges and precipitous closures are strengthened; rules such as borrower defense, gainful employment, and automatic closed school discharge.
Media Coverage of Veterans and Military Education
- How to Stop Schools That Prey on Veterans The New York Times March 30, 2021
- Congress Closes Loophole That Made Veterans a Target of For-Profit Schools The New York Times March 11, 2021
- Democrats Nix For-Profit Loophole That Targeted Veterans and Servicemembers U.S. News & World Report March 9, 2021
- Tightening the 90-10 Rule Inside Higher Ed March 2, 2021
- Editorial: Protect Veterans From Fraud December 31, 2019
- 37 Groups Urge Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell to Support Closing the 90/10 Loophole to Protect Students Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 4, 2021