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house Bill H.R. 4625

Should States & the Feds Have Greater Oversight of Schools With Students Using GI Bill Benefits?

Argument in favor

Veterans pursuing higher education funded by GI Bill benefits should be able to rest assured knowing that the schools they’re attending will provide high-quality education. Making schools that don’t meet minimum education and transparency standards ineligible for GI Bill funding would go a long way towards that goal. It would also ensure that taxpayer dollars aren’t used to prop up undeserving educational institutions, such as unscrupulous for-profit institutions that lie to students and deliver subpar educations.

jimK's Opinion
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11/11/2019
Yes. There are way too many opportunists who will find a way to tap into governmentally funded programs of all sorts. Educational opportunities are often well marketed with implications and/or outright promises of great student successes and advancements of their alum. Some of the specialty programs like real estate flipping or huge income from eBay marketing packages are just not real, but have pretty convincing sales pitches. Oversight is needed, particularly for veterans who may be successfully lured into these scam academy's great 'promises' and either be left with some worthless 'education’ or tapping out their benefits. They deserve more. Oversight is needed.
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Johnnie's Opinion
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11/10/2019
The federal government has a vested interest in making sure that schools taking GI Bill benefits are HELPING veterans, like myself, rather than just skimming off the benefits and leaving veterans with worthless "degrees".
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Rebekah 's Opinion
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11/11/2019
Vote Yes. Millions owe debt to non-accredited scams like the disgraced “Trump University”. We must protect our vets from these dodgy scams.
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Argument opposed

This bill would restrict veterans’ ability to choose where they use their GI Bill benefits. Given that these servicemembers earned this benefit through service to their country, it’s unfair to restrict their educational choices. For-profit institutions are a valid educational choice that some veterans may want to avail themselves of, as they’re often quicker and more career-focused than traditional four-year colleges.

Lukas's Opinion
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11/10/2019
Our service members should be free to use their Gi bill at whichever institution they so choose. That money is for their education and their education is their choice!
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Caren's Opinion
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11/11/2019
No, I trust veterans using GI benefits to have sense enough to research and determine what school will fit their educational needs and desires. This bill is another Democratic attempt to try and control every aspect of people’s lives.
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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11/11/2019
Less government interference not more. Let vets control their education.
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    Yes. There are way too many opportunists who will find a way to tap into governmentally funded programs of all sorts. Educational opportunities are often well marketed with implications and/or outright promises of great student successes and advancements of their alum. Some of the specialty programs like real estate flipping or huge income from eBay marketing packages are just not real, but have pretty convincing sales pitches. Oversight is needed, particularly for veterans who may be successfully lured into these scam academy's great 'promises' and either be left with some worthless 'education’ or tapping out their benefits. They deserve more. Oversight is needed.
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    Our service members should be free to use their Gi bill at whichever institution they so choose. That money is for their education and their education is their choice!
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    The federal government has a vested interest in making sure that schools taking GI Bill benefits are HELPING veterans, like myself, rather than just skimming off the benefits and leaving veterans with worthless "degrees".
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    Vote Yes. Millions owe debt to non-accredited scams like the disgraced “Trump University”. We must protect our vets from these dodgy scams.
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    Agree with others, our vets and the government need to know this money is going to ligitament education, and not someplace looking to make themself rich. Our vets deserve an education that will serve them well through life.
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    I don't think we should allow these dollars to flow to for-profit schools that do not offer high quality education which will allow these veterans to obtain meaningful employment. Many for-profit schools are a scam, with high costs, low graduation rates, and poor job placement. I don't want to waste these precious dollars, and the time of our veterans, on these schools. I really don't think these schools should receive any financial aid at all, but I'm not sure if we can completely cut that. I believe veterans should have a choice of education, but not at the expense of federal taxpayer dollars.
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    Definitely--we have a duty to provide reasonable assurance that those who served in the U.S. military don't waste their money and our federal dollars on a useless "education". Weed out fraudulent institutions like "Trump University"!
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    Yes, schools that are deemed appropriate for GI funds should be accredited & accountable. Schools should have a proven record of student employment following degrees/certification.
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    Anytime we are using federal money there should be oversight there is so much distance between who gets the money and the way it’s spent someone needs to keep an eye open to where it goes !
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    It is US money and there are too many fake schools. US ED should be involved!
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    As usual TickTock nailed this one. Unfortunately many of the Countable members are NOT unable to read TickTock’s comments due to a glitch. COUNTABLE fix IT
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    As a vet I am concerned that fake, substandard ‘schools’ are stealing vets benefits in their profit pursuit. This would help protect what these patriots have earned.
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    Don’t forget colleges are not the only answer. There are many trades out there where Veterans can receive benefits to help the pay offset. I did that, it was an IBEW Apprenticeship into the Electrical Power Industry. This was a win win for me.
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    I am going to say yes, but I believe it is more complicated than that. Any program that is inappropriate for veterans is most likely inappropriate for regular students. This oversight should be used for all students. If’ this were done how many students would have been spared the for profit college fiasco.
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    Yes, but vocational training opportunities should still be allowed as education options.
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    For profit schools have clearly demonstrated they cannot be trusted to provide a quality education that meets the needs of the students and veterans to whom they market. It is questionable whether for profit schools should be able to even exist.
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    We have to put someone in charge of education at the federal level who actually knows about and cares about education. Otherwise, this won’t be enforced even if law is enacted.
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    No, I trust veterans using GI benefits to have sense enough to research and determine what school will fit their educational needs and desires. This bill is another Democratic attempt to try and control every aspect of people’s lives.
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    As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps myself, I have seen first hand the way that unscrupulous entities will try anything they can to profit off service members’ hard-earned benefits. Accountability in educational institutions and the protection of our veterans must be top priorities for this Congress. Vote “yes” to protect those that protect this country.
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    ONLY IF IT AIDS VETS!!
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