MICHIGAN RADIO: For-profit colleges outcompete Michigan’s public institutions for post 9/11 GI Bill funds

Career College Central Summary:

  • Veterans returning home after World War II received a big helping hand from American taxpayers. The GI Bill helped millions get a college education.
  • Today, veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan also get help paying for college. The Post 9/11 GI Bill can pay up to around $20,000 a year in taxpayer-funded college tuition.
  • It’s a lot of money, and it’s designed to help veterans get ahead in life, but not all veterans who use the GI Bill are getting a good education. Critics argue that for-profit colleges see a big payday in getting veterans to spend their GI Bill on them.
  • Aaron Glantz with the Center for Investigative Reporting has been following how for-profit, online colleges, like the University of Phoenix, target veterans for their GI Bill funds.
  • Glantz found that eight of the top 10 schools receiving GI Bill money in the U.S. are for-profit schools – not public or private institutions – like Hillsdale or Kalamazoo College – they're schools like the University of Phoenix, Ashford, DeVry, or ITT Tech.
  • "If you look at Michigan, you see that these for-profit schools, and especially Phoenix, are out-competing all of your public institutions for this money," says Glantz.
  • He says the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University get the most GI Bill money out of the public institutions in the state.
  • "Each of these schools is getting a couple of hundred Iraq and Afghanistan veterans attending, and $10-$20 million in our money," says Glantz.

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