The Department of Veterans Affairs United States announced Monday it would soon stop approving the registration of new students who receive benefits of the GI Bill at the University of Phoenix, Temple University and three other institutions on the basis information from the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general that these institutions duped students about the value of getting a degree from these universities.

The measure, hailed as long by veterans groups, it will not immediately affect current students. However, in a press release, the VA said it will stop approving new enrollments GI Bill at universities in 60 days unless the institutions, including the University Corporation Career Education Colorado Technical and American InterContinental University and the University of Bellevue, take corrective action.

However, the agency affirmed the possibility of stronger action if the problems are not fixed by then, saying that the matter be referred to a committee vA on educational benefits, which will help directors of regional agencies decide "whether the educational assistance must be discontinued for all enrollees" in the named institutions 'and, where appropriate, if the approval of all new enrollments or reenrollments' universities "should be denied to veterans, service members, reservists, or other eligible persons exercising such courses for education assistance programs administered by VA. "

The measure was supported by education advocates veterans who said Th ey've been asking the Veterans Administration for years to end the institutions that violates a federal law restricting use of advertising, sales or enrollment practices which are erroneous, misleading.

"This sends a powerful message that we have been advocating the VA for the exercise since 2012, the federal government and taxpayers no longer will tolerate schools that try to scam military veterans and other students connected to leave their federal education benefits broadside win, "Carrie Wofford, chairman successful veterans education, said in a press release.

"Today's decision by the VA is more than justified based on years of mounting evidence against the University of Phoenix and Colorado Tech for veterans wickedly defraud," she said.

in your letter Monday to University of Phoenix President Peter Cohen, the VA cited the FTC investigation that led to an agreement last December in Phoenix and owners of the private investment group agreed to p Ay the FTC roughly $ 50 million. The university also agreed to forgive another $ 140 million in fees owed by former college students who allegedly saw harmed by misleading advertising.

That case centered on TV commercials and radio Phoenix ran from 2012 to early 2014, employers offering such as Microsoft, Twitter, Adobe and Yahoo!, Which gave the "false impression of UOP worked with businesses to create employment opportunities for their students and adapt their curriculum for these jobs, "said FTC at the time.

The FTC, however, announced it was launching the investigation in July 2015, when Phoenix was a shame public company more than $ 3 billion. Since then, the university has changed owners and is now a private company by a consortium of investors including Vistria Group and funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management.

A spokesman for Phoenix said the alleged actions took place years ago.

"make it clear: after an FTC investigation that lasted more than five years, the marketing campaign one the Commission had problems ended six years ago, and came under the ownership before," the spokesman said in a statement. "The University admitted no irregularities in the election agreement with the FTC and still believes it acted appropriately. We chose to settle to end the possibility of a prolonged dispute that could affect our focus on our students."

Career Education Corporation, recently renamed Perdoceo Inc., reached an agreement of $ 30 million last July with the FTC, who had been investigating whether deceptive marketing and advertising is used to identify prospective students. Career Education Corp. admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, but agreed to improve enforcement measures relating to the purchase of the names of prospective students from third parties.

The company in January announced another settlement with attorneys general from 48 states and the District of Columbia that involves "unfair and deceptive practices." Although the race of Education Corp. also denied irregularities in the agreement, it agreed to cancel $ 556 million in terms of the debt owed by 180,000 alumni.

The VA cited the FTC investigation in a letter to the chairman of the CEC and CEO Todd Nelson on Monday, saying "CCA and its subsidiaries have used schemes illegal and deceptive telemarketing to attract consumers their post-secondary schools and professional. CCA uses three lead generators, Sun Key, EduTrek and expand ... These lead generators falsely told consumers that were affiliated with or recommended by the US military .. As a result of these tactics, lead generators CCA also induce consumers to submit their information on the pretext of assisting work or benefits. "

Perdoceo he said in a statement that it intends to demonstrate to the Veterans Administration in the 60 days before the sanction takes effect that "we are in full compliance with their requirements and corrective measures necessary, if any, has already been taken. "

Temple agreed a deal in December with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to set $ 250,000 in scholarships for Fox Business School over the next decade. Shapiro had filed a complaint against the temple to falsify data to organizations such as the US university rankings News & World Report. In a letter to the president of the temple Richard Englert, the VA cited a class action lawsuit against the university citing misleading data.

A spokesman at the temple did not respond to a request for comment.

In his letter to the president of the University of Bellevue Mary Hawkins, the VA quoted a lawyer Nebraska complaint General Doug Peterson filed in the district court of the state in February 2019, saying the university deceived nursing students. Peterson claims nursing program college does not make it clear to students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing program has not been established, reducing the value of the measure.

A university spokesman said Bellevue is disputing the complaint Peterson, and that the university believes that "the evidence will show that no students were misled about the state of our accreditation of nursing programs."

university in a statement also said it has more than 1,500 students attending veterans using VA benefits and has received no complaints from them.

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