University Of Phoenix Barred From Enrolling Veterans In 7 Programs
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California regulators have barred the University of Phoenix from enrolling veterans in seven popular programs at its San Diego campus.
The action came after auditors found the for-profit college had violated a decades-old rule to prevent the improper targeting of veterans. The state order covers four undergraduate programs and three master’s programs, including those in management, Web development and criminology.
A copy of the state inspectors’ report, obtained by The Center for Investigative Reporting through the California Public Records Act, shows the University of Phoenix ran afoul of the 85/15 rule, which prohibits schools from accepting GI Bill funds for academic programs in which more than 85 percent of students are receiving the benefit.
“This rule is designed to prevent opportunists and fly-by-night schools from targeting veterans,” said James Vanderbilt, education administrator for the state Department of Veterans Affairs, which issued the report Friday.
University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus has received $95 million from the post-9/11 GI Bill since 2009 – more than any other brick-and-mortar campus in America. The school’s overall graduation rate is under 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and more than a quarter of students there default on loans within three years of leaving school.
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