GI Bill, TA benefits in jeopardy at Ashford University

GI Bill

Natalie Gross

Days after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it was pulling Ashford University’s eligibility to enroll students using the GI Bill ― a move that could also jeopardize its tuition assistance eligibility ― the school believes it has found a fix.

The for-profit school and popular vet destination has been in danger of losing its eligibility to receive VA funds as a result of a court ruling against the school in Iowa last week. The decision came more than a year after Ashford closed its brick-and-mortar campus in that state, and the VA’s withdrawal of eligibility was set to go into effect Aug. 16.

But according to a statement from the school Thursday, Ashford has found a lifeline in Arizona.

“We have been pursuing every available option to ensure our veteran students’ GI Bill benefits are not disrupted. As a result of those efforts, Ashford University has received approval from the state of Arizona to provide GI Bill benefits to its students,” said Lauren Coartney, a spokeswoman for Bridgepoint Education, Ashford’s parent company.

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