Today, Senators Carper, Tester, Lankford, and Cassidy introduced a bill to modify the 90/10 rule that will ultimately restrict choice for veterans at quality private career, technical and trade schools.
Michael Dakduk, Marine Corps Veteran and Co-Chair of Veterans for Career Education, said the following on the bill:
Last week, during the markup of the College Affordability Act, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx read a letter signed by over 100 members of VCE that are current students or graduates of career, tech and trade schools. She also asked that the letter be entered into the official record.
This is a much-watch video of a member of Congress fighting for Veterans' choice!
Over 100 Veterans Sign Letter Opposing the Restriction of Veterans' Choice in College Affordability Act
Over 100 veterans, servicemembers and military family members that are current students or graduates of a private career, technical or trade school signed a letter against the 90/10 rule change in the College Affordability Act.
Speaker Pelosi, Education Committee Democrats Promote Bill Restricting Veterans' Choice at Career Schools
In a stunning press conference led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leaders rolled out a massive bill that includes disturbing language aimed at restricting choice for military veterans, servicemembers and their families at private career, technical and trade schools.
Buried on page 770 of a bill close to 1,200 pages long, the College Affordability Act seeks to change the 90/10 rule to 85/15 and label earned veteran education benefits, like the GI Bill, as similar to federal student loans and grants.
If this bill passes in its current form, Congress is essentially telling veterans that they are incapable of choosing the school that best fits their career goals.
The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US (EANGUS) and VCE Send Joint Letter Praising Senator Alexander's Bipartisan Higher Education Bill
In a joint letter to the chairman of the committee responsible for higher education policy, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US (EANGUS) and Veterans for Career Education expressed support for Senator Alexander's bipartisan efforts on higher education policy.
Reserve Officers Association Writes Letter to Senator Alexander Advocating for Veterans' Choice at Career, Tech and Trade Schools
The Reserve Officers Association (ROA), America’s only exclusive advocate for the Reserve and National Guard, sent a letter to Senator Alexander calling for freedom of choice among veterans on the GI Bill and other earned veteran education benefits. In the letter, ROA's executive director and retired U.S. Army Major General, Jeffrey E. Phillips, writes:
Veterans for Career Education (VCE) now completed over 20 stops at career, technical and trade schools on the Let VETS Choose Tour. The most recent stops were at the Tulsa Welding School and Heavy Equipment Colleges of America--both located in Oklahoma.
Veterans for Career Education: Not All Veterans Support Donna Shalala’s Education Bill (Florida Daily Opinion)
U.S. Army Iraq war veteran and graduate of Wichita Technical Institute in Joplin, MO, authored a letter to the editor defending GI Bill school choice for veterans.
In the letter, Avion writes:
"Unfortunately, there are some proposals in Congress that would limit how veterans use their earned GI Bill benefit. Specifically, some in Congress are trying to manipulate the 90/10 rule to stop veterans from enrolling at schools such as WTI. Many of our lawmakers fail to understand that not all veterans are seeking a traditional four-year college or university after our service."
Read the full letter to the editor here.