STARS AND STRIPES: Congress presses VA to identify high-risk colleges

Career College Central Summary:

  • Could tweaking the Department of Veterans Affairs website have saved some veterans from suffering through the collapse of Corinthian Colleges?
  • A group of congressional Democrats think so and on Monday asked the VA to give veterans researching the best use of the education benefits a heads up about for-profit colleges under investigation for suspicious activity.
  • Thirteen House and Senate lawmakers wrote a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald urging him to add a list of high-risk institutions to its online GI Bill education benefit tool as a way to arm veterans against what they say can be unscrupulous and predatory institutions.
  • “Veterans using the GI Bill comparison tool should be made aware that a school is under investigation by or has settled with federal or state enforcement agencies for misleading students or predatory practices,” the lawmakers wrote. “While an investigation does not amount to a finding of guilt, it does indicate that there are serious concerns with a school that warrant law enforcement action.”
  • The VA said it will review the congressional proposal.
  • “Secretary McDonald looks forward to responding to the members after VA has time to consider the issues raised, the potential change in policy, and how such information could be integrated into the GI Bill Comparison Tool,” VA spokeswoman Linda West wrote in an email.

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