Critics: For-profit schools prey on veterans to collect millions from taxpayers
WASHINGTON — After Moses Maddox left the Marine Corps in 2006, he took a sales job with the for-profit University of Phoenix, making up to 100 calls a day to persuade veterans to enroll using their GI Bill benefits.
Only after he enrolled himself did the former corporal discover that the state university he wanted to attend didn’t accept the nine course credits he’d earned at Phoenix.
“Basically, I wasted my GI Bill benefits — just like a lot of other veterans I talk to,” said Maddox.
Congress, the White House and veterans groups — spurred by complaints from thousands of veterans like Maddox — are cracking down on for-profit schools that have raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in GI Bill benefits.
Read why critics say the schools prey on veterans – and what the industry says – in the Los Angeles Times.