The College Guide has looked before at the cash cow military veterans have become for for-profit schools in recent years. Well apparently one way that for-profit schools attract these students is through somewhat official govermenty-looking websites that aren’t really affiliated with the military.
My buddy Adam Weinstein over at Mother Jones writes about Alex Horton, who writes on the blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Here’s how to get the most out of your military education benefits, Horton explains. It’s important to beware of questionable research aids:
Now it’s worth pointing out that last year six for-profit colleges had more students receiving VA funding than any other colleges in America. Many of those 6,500 schools across the country that allow GI Bill benefits are for-profit schools, presumably many of those schools are those funding GIBill.com.
But seriously, check out GIBill.com. It sure looks official, doesn’t it?
It has a drop box of what it calls GI Bill Schools. There are 12 of them listed. While all of these schools do, of course, allow GI benefits, they are also—Brown Mackie College, Kaplan University, University of Phoenix, Westwood College, etc.—publically-traded, for-profit companies.
These are not the only colleges that accept GIBill money. This is the Veterans Affairs Department’s actual college locator. The search function is a little clunky, but there sure are a lot more colleges from which to choose.