N. Richland Hills, TX, 9/22/2011 — ATI Schools and Colleges have a long-time history of serving students with military backgrounds. In the forty years ATI has been serving students, ATI has strived to be sensitive to the special needs of veterans.
Recently, a former ATI student with veteran status was spotlighted in an attempt to portray ATI as insensitive to veterans and not providing accurate information regarding its approval to disburse veteran benefits. ATI feels strongly about our commitment to students and we feel just as strongly about our commitment to be guided by the best interests of all veterans we serve.
The mentioned ATI campus was eligible for veteran benefits at the time of the student’s enrollment, however the campus was not eligible for the "Post 9/11 GI" benefits. ATI apologizes for this student’s experience and recognizes the situation should have been resolved for the student in a timelier manner. ATI cares deeply about our veterans and their service to the country.
While many of ATI’s campuses are eligible to train veterans and other eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, not all campuses are eligible to offer the particular subset of benefits called “Post 9/11 GI Bill” benefits because some campuses do not offer associate degrees or higher degrees.
Any statements made that a particular ATI campus advertises it is eligible for veteran benefits but “is not approved for VA benefits” reflect a misunderstanding of ATI’s eligibility with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which eligibilities can be confirmed with the Texas Veterans Commission. ATI strives to be an excellent steward of all federal funds, including veteran benefits. Of ATI’s currently enrolled students, less than 2% receive veteran benefits, validating that ATI is sensitive to the use of these funds and does not inappropriately “target” veterans for enrollment.
All new students applying for admission to any ATI program will find that there are many financial assistance programs available for those who qualify. Financial Aid office personnel determine eligibility for financial assistance. Students are interviewed individually to determine a financing arrangement that suits their needs and personal situation.
The following information regarding Veteran Benefits is provided on the ATI Career Training web site:
For additional information, Contact:
ATI Schools & Colleges
(817) 591 – 1297
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