We have provided free legal advice and advocacy to nearly 5,000 veterans and servicemembers – and to more than a dozen corporate whistleblowers. We also support law enforcement, providing key information and victim and whistleblower connections. Most of that work is private and confidential.
Sometimes we win through negotiations, such as when we helped veterans at Stanford University get their full housing allowance. Sometimes we win through legal action to protect the rights of our students.
Although we cannot share confidential legal information, we can share our public filings, including our legal reports, submissions to college accreditors, FOIA requests, and court filings.
If you are active duty, veteran, or a military family member and having issues with your education benefits, contact us for free help now.
Forty-six military-connected students, however, have submitted complaints to Veterans Education Success (VES) about various issues they allegedly experienced with Trident. In one way or another, those complaints indicate that Trident does not necessarily live up [...]
Recent efforts by certain predatory for-profit colleges to convert to nonprofit status1 raises the question of whether the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can continue to exercise jurisdiction over those entities’ misleading and deceptive recruiting [...]
This document summarizes government actions against predatory colleges, providing links to the government actions and briefly explaining the fraud alleged.
In 2017, VES conducted a review of the complaints it has received from veterans and servicemembers who have attended Ashford. VES also interviewed a small number of those individuals. This memorandum details the complaints that VES [...]
VES & Harvard Law School Report: Veteran and Servicemember Complaints about Misconduct and Illegal Practices at Kaplan Schools
For-profit schools have garnered significant attention for their illegal practices and their unfair, deceptive, and misleading conduct. In particular, there is serious concern about their conduct with respect to veterans and servicemembers because for-profit schools [...]
"[Ashford] lied about the costs. When I asked to withdraw I was told I would have no debt. I asked a number of times. I explained to my advisor that I was struggling and they [...]
"I have a so-called degree from ITT Tech and found that most employers laugh at it. During my time there I had accrued a fair amount of debt from this fraudulent school and am having [...]
VES & Yale Law School Report: Student Veteran Complaints Alleging Illegal Practices at University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix (UOP) is a very large for-profit university with large online enrollment and high GI Bill enrollment. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has received a significant number of student complaints (from veterans, [...]
VES & Yale Law School Report: Student Veteran Complaints Alleging Illegal Practices at Colorado Technical University
Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a very large for-profit university with large online enrollment and high GI Bill enrollment. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has received a significant number of student complaints (from veterans, [...]
Misleading Websites and “Lead Generators”: A Case Study: Victory Media’s “Military Friendly Schools”
VES Report: Misleading Websites and "Lead Generators": A Case Study: Victory Media's "Military Friendly Schools" DOWNLOAD Too often, veterans and servicemembers are misled and deceived by websites and “lead generators” that steer [...]
300 different servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents brought complaints to Veterans Education Success about issues they had with DeVry University. This document contains the narratives of 193 complainants and organizes the complaints by the types [...]
What follows is a public version of a “trends analysis” document Veterans Education Success prepared detailing the types of harm observed by us in our work providing free legal services to service members, veterans, and [...]
This analysis proceeds in two parts. First, it explains the VA’s statutory obligation to deny G.I. Bill funds for schools engaging in deceptive recruitment practices. Second, it discusses SAAs’ authority to approve, disapprove, or suspend [...]
- VES’ Third Party Comment to Higher Learning Commission regarding University of Phoenix | Nov. 2018
- VES memo outlining HLC’s standards and the ways UOP has violated those standards
- Yale Law School memo describing hundreds of student veteran complaints received by VES
- Affidavit from VES President Wofford regarding the concerns expressed by, and documents received from, four UOP whistleblowers
- Letter from a UOP whistleblower sharing concerns
- VES’ Third Party Comment to WASC Senior College and University Commission regarding Ashford University | Dec. 20, 2017
- VES’ Submission of Additional Information to Ashford’s Accreditor| Feb. 22, 2018
Veterans Education Success helped ITT Tech and Corinthian students, working closely with several hundred individuals to file claims with the Court.
VES also supported lawyers at Harvard Law School’s Project on Predatory Student Lending, who represent a class of all 750,000 former ITT Tech students (including veterans) who attended in the last 10 years:
- ITT Class Action Settlement: US Court awards financial recompense to ITT students (Jan. 2018) (here)
- ITT Tech Student Class Complaint (Jan. 2017) (here)
- VES President Carrie Wofford’s Affidavit (here)
- US Securities & Exchange Commission rejects settlement terms for ITT Tech Executives who defrauded investors (Aug. 2017) (here)
Veterans Education Success has joined multiple amici curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs to protect the rights of students, including:
- To protect the Gainful Employment rule at the US Department of Education that weeds out poor performing career college programs
Veterans Education Success served as a solo amicus in a case regarding the rights of whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act: