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Students, Veterans Deserve Best Value when Pursuing Higher Education


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I recently heard the story of a young man, Marine Corps Corporal James Long, a 22-year-old from Dalton, Georgia. James suffered a brain injury that impaired his ability to concentrate after artillery shells hammered his Humvee in Iraq. Yet James was targeted -- illegally -- at Camp Lejeune by a recruiter from a for-profit college who convinced him to sign up for online courses.

This sales pitch was made at a barracks for wounded Marines, and when interviewed by a reporter, James could not even remember what course he was taking.

This is just one egregious example of unscrupulous for-profit schools aiming to prosper from the benefits afforded to our veterans through the Post 9-11 GI Bill. Just last week, I was pleased to help announce a settlement that will curtail the deceptive practices some schools use to market to our veterans on the Internet.

But this is just the first step, and I have introduced legislation that would prohibit all schools from spending your taxpayer dollars on any type of deceptive advertising, marketing and recruitment. Federal financial aid dollars should go towards improving educational outcomes and preparing students for a brighter future.

I will continue working to advance this crucial bill, as well as other legislation that protects veterans and helps students receive the most value out of their education. By doing so, we'll build a better, stronger North Carolina that can compete on the global stage for decades to come.


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