We advocate for student veterans before VA

VA’s Obligation to Stop Colleges’ Deceptive Recruiting

We have pushed VA for years to stop colleges’ deceptive recruiting. We helped bring to VA’s attention a Vietnam-era statute, 38 USC 3696, that requires VA to cut off GI Bill funding to schools that engage in deceptive recruiting. We continue to prod VA to comply with the law, including engaging Congressional pressure on VA.

GI Bill Reinstatement for Students Whose School Closed

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 allows VA to restore entitlement to beneficiaries affected by school closure or disapproval (if the disapproval was due to a change in law or VA interpretation of statute).

National GI Bill Delays

We worked to ensure that GI Bill delays were addressed immediately, and has fought to make sure the VA makes back payments on all missed payments.

VA Proposes to Waive Ethics Rule for VA Employees

When the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a rule to waive federal ethics rules to legalize bribery of VA employees, we alerted and worked closely with ethics experts, and our military, veteran and education allies to organize opposition efforts to force VA to reverse its decision.

Specific Schools

We work with the VA to make sure bad-actor schools that rip off students are brought under proper oversight so that veterans get the best quality education and training for their hard-earned education benefits.

OUR LETTERS TO VA

Our Letter to the VA Advisory Committee on Education

December 7, 2020   U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Services 810 Vermont Avenue NW Washington DC 20420 Via electronic submission to EDUSTAENG.VBAVACO@va.gov   Re: Advisory Committee on Education   Dear Members of the Advisory Committee,   Veterans Education Success is a non-profit organization that works to advance higher education [...]

Comment to VA on Its Employees’ Conflicts of Interest in For-Profit Schools

August 21, 2020 Dr. Paul Lawrence, Undersecretary for Benefits Veterans Benefits Administration Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue NW Washington, DC 20420 Via electronic submission Re: VBA’s Collection of Conflicting Interests Certification for Proprietary Schools, OMB Control Number: 2900-0657   Dear Dr. Lawrence: Thank you for the opportunity to [...]

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VA REPORTS & PRESS RELEASES

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Inspector General: VA’s Oversight of State Approving Agency Program Monitoring for Post-9/11 GI Bill Students

Prior VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports have identified significant financial risks in how the education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are administered. The OIG conducted this audit to determine if VA and State Approving Agencies (SAAs) effectively reviewed and monitored education programs in accordance with the provisions [...]

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Economic Communities Initiative Pilot: 2016 Report & Highlights

In January 2015, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report to provide data on indicators of the possible success of ongoing initiatives and barriers to economic competitiveness for Veterans. In addition to providing demographic information about the Veteran population, the report included data [...]

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MORE NEWS & INFO

Veterans Education Success Hails Senate Passage of Landmark Legislation to Protect Student Veterans and Ensure Better Oversight of GI Bill Colleges

December 9, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact:  Carrie Wofford (carrie@vetsedsuccess.org) and Tanya Ang (tanya@vetsedsuccess.org) Veterans Education Success hails Senate passage of landmark legislation to protect student veterans and ensure better oversight of GI Bill colleges Veterans Education Success proposed, and provided significant input on, key legislation Tonight, the U.S. Senate [...]

Comment to VA on Its Employees’ Conflicts of Interest in For-Profit Schools

August 21, 2020 Dr. Paul Lawrence, Undersecretary for Benefits Veterans Benefits Administration Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue NW Washington, DC 20420 Via electronic submission Re: VBA’s Collection of Conflicting Interests Certification for Proprietary Schools, OMB Control Number: 2900-0657   Dear Dr. Lawrence: Thank you for the opportunity to [...]

Our Letter to the VA Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Readjustment

Our letter to the VA Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans   June 11, 2020   Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Service (10RCS) 810 Vermont Avenue Washington DC 20420 Via electronic submission to VHA10RCSAction@va.gov Re: Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans   Dear Members of the Advisory [...]

Veterans Education Success Thanks Congress for Passing Important COVID-19 Fix for GI Bill and other VA-Funded Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tanya Ang, Vice President, (202) 838-5050 March 19, 2020   Congress Clears Important COVID-19 Fix for GI Bill and other VA-Funded Students WASHINGTON, DC:  This morning, Congress cleared an important COVID-19 fix for GI Bill and other VA-funded students.  Specifically, with the coronavirus causing many colleges to [...]

Letter to VA Regarding GI Bill Feedback Tool and 38 USC 3696 Compliance

January 21, 2020   Charmain Bogue, Executive Director U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Administration, Education Service 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20420   Re: 38 U.S.C. § 3696 and University of Phoenix, Career Education Corporation, and Ashford University   Dear Charmain, We are writing to bring information [...]

California backs down from threat to fight VA for GI Bill oversight

California backed down from a fight with the Department of Veterans Affairs over a decision that restricts the state’s power to regulate for-profit colleges enrolling students with GI Bill benefits. California had used its authority in the past to sanction colleges with shaky finances and to investigate complaints from veterans [...]

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Veterans Education Success was proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make this video, “Know Before You Go,” to educate service-members, veterans and military-connected students about their hard-earned education benefits.

OUR WORK WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Veterans Affairs

Defense Department

Education Department

Consumer Financial Protection Agencies

Federal Trade Commission