Leading veterans service organizations (VSOs) are strongly endorsing Senator Jim Webb's (D-VA) bipartisan legislation to protect the landmark Post-9/11 G.I. Bill from abuses by certain schools. Senator Webb, author of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, introduced the new legislation to require schools participating in educational assistance programs through both the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense to meet the same educational standards currently required for Title IV federal programs, such as Pell Grants.
"This bipartisan legislation will preserve the greatest G.I. Bill our veterans have ever had," said Senator Webb, who served as a combat Marine in Vietnam and later as counsel to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. "Some for-profit institutions are providing our students a great education, but we owe it to taxpayers and our veterans to ensure that all schools are held to the same standards."
Troubling statistics show that the cost to taxpayers to send a veteran to a for-profit school is more than double the cost of a public university and that eight of 10 educational institutions collecting the most V.A. benefits are for-profit schools.