Still, it’s possible that most students have already had their housing allowances dispersed this month, giving them a buffer, said William Hubbard, vice president for veterans and military policy at Veterans Education Success, an advocacy organization.
“But if the school continues to remain ineligible for VA benefits and the next month rolls around, I mean, there’s no rent,” he said. “That’s really the worst-case scenario in the immediate term.”
State agencies act as gatekeepers to GI Bill funds, but the VA has ultimate authority, said Hubbard, of Veterans Education Success.
In a letter sent Friday, Veterans Education Success President Carrie Wofford called on the VA to “clearly state that it will not entertain any other state approving agency’s request to resume approval of UAGC programs.”
Wofford cited federal law that requires VA to take action against institutions that make substantial misrepresentations, including whether programs will lead to certain licensures and how much they cost. The recent California ruling found UAGC had made both types of misrepresentations to students.
“It sounds like the school feels fairly confident that they’re going to get this taken care of,” Hubbard said. “I have less confidence.”
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