We find and expose illegal websites that seek to trick the military community into enrolling in predatory colleges. Our work led the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to shut down some deceptive websites (Army.Com, Air-Force.Com, NavyEnlist.Com, MarinesEnlist.Com, and others) and to require Victory Media, Inc. (“GI Jobs”) to fully disclose its pay-to-play “Military Friendly Schools” ranking and cease its illegal practices.

Most of our work with law enforcement agencies is confidential. Here is what’s public:

OUR WORK

Our Memorandum to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Ashford University

  MEMORANDUM REGARDING ASHFORD UNIVERSITY TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Veterans Education Success presents the following information for consideration by the Federal Trade Commission. Veterans Education Success is a non-profit organization that works to advance higher education success for all military-affiliated students and provides free counseling and legal [...]

Press Release: Veterans Education Success Petitions the Federal Trade Commission to Investigate For-Profit Colleges and Controversial Lead Generators

For Immediate Release              Contact:  Aniela Szymanski, Senior Director of Legal Affairs and Military Policy | aniela@vetsedsuccess.org June 24, 2020 Veterans Education Success Petitions the Federal Trade Commission to Investigate For-Profit Colleges and Controversial Lead Generators Submits two petitions against lead generating website that seek to mislead prospective veterans and [...]

Our FTC Petition: Lead Generators

Complaint, Request for Investigation, Injunction, and Other Relief Submitted by Veterans Education Success Pursuant to the Commission’s Rules, 16 C.F.R. § 2.2, Veterans Education Success respectfully requests that the Commission institute an investigation of businesses that operate unfair and deceptive lead generator websites in violation of Section 5(a) of the [...]

Our FTC Petition: Army.com and Partner Schools

Complaint, Request for Investigation, Injunction, and Other Relief Submitted by Veterans Education Success Pursuant to the Commission’s Rules, 16 C.F.R. § 2.2, Veterans Education Success respectfully requests that the Commission institute an investigation of schools that may have purchased leads from deceptive lead generators 1 in violation of Section 5(a) [...]

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OUR WORK ON FAKE MILITARY WEBSITES

We 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.

OUR WORK ON DECEPTIVE “MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS”

We 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 REPORTS & ACTIONS

FTC Approves Final Consent Order in Victory Media Advertising Case

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a final order settling charges that Victory Media violated Section 5 of the FTC Act in connection with its promotion of post-secondary schools to military consumers. According to the FTC’s complaint, some of the company’s materials and tools deceptively [...]

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OUR WORK WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Veterans Affairs

Defense Department

Education Department

Consumer Financial Protection Agencies

Federal Trade Commission