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House bill would ban schools from paying military recruiting bonuses and commissions

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This week the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would, among other things, ban schools from paying bonuses or commissions for recruiting military or veteran students.

A school could not receive payment for GI Bill tuition and fees if it “provides any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollments or financial aid ….” Although it would apply to all post-secondary schools, the bill takes aim at for-profit schools, some of which have come under fire for fraudulent recruiting practices.

“As we commemorate September 11 today, it is appropriate that members of Congress help this generation of post-9/11 veterans make informed choices about the educational benefits they have earned in service to our country,” said Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. “We are committed to putting forth ideas that help veterans remain competitive in today’s job market. Appropriate and effective education and training are key elements to getting veterans back to work.”


The bill is supported by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), which represents for-profit institutions.


"Since the enactment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, 152,000 veterans, spouses and dependents have chosen to attend career colleges and universities,” said Steve Gunderson, a former Congressman who today serves as the president and chief executive officer for APSCU. “We are proud of the education these veterans receive at our schools and look forward to continuing to provide them with training and instruction resulting in success in civilian life and in the 21st Century workforce.”


The bill, H.R. 4057, also would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop a “comprehensive policy on providing education information to veterans.”

The bill also addresses veteran hiring. It would require states to provide the criteria it requires for certification or a license for non-emergency medical professionals, emergency medical professionals or a commercial driver’s license. The information is meant to help the Defense Department “improve training for military occupational specialties so that individuals who receive such training are able to receive a certification or license” from a state.

A similar bill cleared a Senate committee this week but is awaiting a full Senate vote. If the Senate approves its version of the bill, a combined House and Senate committee then would have to address differences between the plans.



Posted by Dan Fazio at 09/14/2012 03:56:59 PM 


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