University Of Phoenix Barred From Enrolling Veterans In 7 Programs

Career College Central Summary:

  • 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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