We advocate for military-connected students by pressing federal agencies to do the right thing.
RULES FOR SCHOOLS
Below are some key federal agency rules for colleges – some of which we helped design.
OTHER AGENCY ACTIVITY
to Protect Students and Taxpayers
Veterans Education Success advocates for military-connected students before all federal agencies. Some examples of our work with other agencies are listed here:
Most of VES’ work with law enforcement agencies like the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is confidential. Here is what’s public:
Our Letters to FTC
FTC’s Crackdown on Fake Military Websites
VES brought to FTC’s attention fake military websites that pretended to be a place where Americans could join the Armed Forces, but never gave the information to the Armed Forces, instead selling patriotic Americans’ personal information to bad actor colleges that bombarded them with deceptive and aggressive recruiting. Some of the websites even wrongly promoted certain bad actor colleges as endorsed by the military.
- VES’ FOIA request to the US Federal Trade Commission requesting the names of colleges that participated in fake military websites (Nov. 28, 2018)
- 28 Veterans and Military Leaders, led by VES, ask US Federal Trade Commission to release the names of the schools that participated in fake military recruiting websites (Nov. 19, 2018)
- Veterans and Military Leaders, led by VES, ask US Congressional Armed Services Committees to ensure future military recruitment is not disrupted by fraudulent college lead generator companies (Nov. 20, 2018)
- Federal Trade Commission shuts down predatory fake military websites (Sept. 6, 2018)
- Army.Com, Air-Force.com, ArmyEnlist.com, NavyEnlist.com, AirForceEnlist.com, MarinesEnlist.com, NationalGuardEnlist.com, AirGuardEnlist.com, and CoastGuardEnlist.com
FTC’s Crackdown on “Military Friendly Schools”
VES brought to FTC’s attention the problem of a company’s “Military Friendly Schools” scheme, wherein it charged schools for the designation of “Military Friendly Schools” and also sent aggressive and deceptive e-mail solicitations to service-members and veterans on behalf of schools that paid.
- FTC: Announcement on Victory Media, G.I. Jobs, and Military Friendly (Oct. 19, 2017)
- VES Press Release: Veterans Education Success Hails FTC Action Against Fraudulent “Military-Friendly Schools” (Oct. 19, 2017)
- VES Research Report: Misleading Websites and “Lead Generators”: A Case Study: Victory Media’s “Military Friendly Schools” (Aug. 2016 | updated Feb. 2017)
VES works to make sure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is doing its job and protecting the military community from fraud, including strong enforcement of the Military Lending Act.