Senate Dems propose ban on for-profit colleges using 'GI Bill' phrase

Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wrote the GI Bill Protection Act, which will likely be introduced when lawmakers return from their weeklong recess.

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The bill would permanently prohibit the phrase “GI Bill” from being used in an “inappropriate or misleading way” by non-government organizations. 

Carper said the legislation was needed because some schools and advertisers have created websites with military-sounding names that claim to offer unbiased advice on GI Bill benefits, but these sites are actually designed to lure students to particular schools.

“After sacrificing years of their lives to protect our freedom, we have a responsibility to protect them from fraud and abuse,” Carper said. “That is why I am proud to cosponsor this legislation, which will protect soldiers from scams or misleading information. Our veterans have earned the right to a great, affordable education with the help of the GI Bill, and no one should be able to hinder them from finding the best opportunities.”

The GI bill was created more than 60 years ago for World War II veterans so they could seek higher education after military service. 

Some lawmakers have criticized some for-profit colleges for targeting veterans. Eight for-profit colleges received 24 percent of GI Bill tuition assistance in 2011. Most for-profit colleges have low college completion rates and higher student-loan debt ratios.