While visiting Fort Stewart Friday, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order aimed at protecting soldiers, veterans and their families from “aggressive and deceptive” college recruitment practices, according to senior administration officials. The officials asked not to be named, as they were speaking on background.
“Since the (Post-9/11) G.I. Bill became law, there have been reports of these aggressive and deceptive tactics by educational institutions,” said one official. “They’ve encouraged veterans and their families to take out costly student loans instead of applying for federal aid first.” He also cited reports of institutions aggressively recruiting veterans with traumatic brain injuries or emotional vulnerabilities, then failing to provide adequate academic support or counseling. Many institutions have also failed to disclose whether they have a good graduation record among service members, veterans and their families, he said.
Some institutions have engaged in misleading recruitment practices