House Passes Bill to Protect Vets Returning to School

Tuesday the House passed HR 4057, a bill aimed at protecting veterans from aggressive recruiting by some schools. The bill prevents schools from giving veterans any sort of monetary bonus from recruiting them or providing them financial aid. Any school which does provide a bonus would be ineligible for GI Bill funds, meaning veterans would have to pay for schooling out-of-pocket.

The bill also includes provisions to make comparisons between schools easier by collecting information on tuition, fees, average student-loan debt, loan default rate, enrollment and graduation rates, certification or licensing rates, job placement assistance, and more. This information, along with the ability to file formal complaints about a school would be made available on the Veteran Affairs Department website or from links on the VA's website.

The Senate's Veteran Affairs Committee is likely to pass similar legislation on Wednesday.

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