The Post 9/11-GI Bill provides servicemembers with a great chance to go on to college after leaving the service, but the benefits have led to some for-profit schools seeking out vets to take advantage of their unique position. However, that's expected to come to an end soon, as the House of Representatives recently voted to limit the amount schools can pay in bonuses to people who recruit vets attending college on the GI Bill, according to Military Times.
The provision is part of a larger veterans bill, HR 4057, and tackles an ever-growing problem. For-profit schools often target veterans receiving benefits from the GI Bill, which can sometimes leave the students on the hook for costs they didn't know were there. The new bill would not allow schools that provide bonuses to recruiters that target vets to receive any funds from the GI Bill.
The issue was highlighted by a recent report from the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, which found that, while for-profit schools took in 37 percent of funds from the GI Bill, they only provided an education to 25 percent of veterans.
Along with protecting students from unscrupulous recruiters, the legislation also created a process to better educate veterans on their options when applying to school. Specifically, it aims to provide vets with information on everything from student loan debt to career counseling opportunities, according to the publication.