In October of last year, the Department of Defense placed the University of Phoenix on probationary status as it applied for tuition assistance for active duty military personnel. There were several issues brought up at that time as to why the DoD was taking this action. That suspension has now been lifted.
At issue in October were three main problems:
First, the school was issuing what they called “challenge coins.” These tokens contained the school’s logo on one side and on the other side the mark of the DoD along with specific military branch seals. This gave the illusion that the DoD was giving official support to the school, which it had not.
Second, there was an investigation being conducted by the Federal Trade Commission who looked into the school’s marketing and advertising policies, as well as into the sale of secondary and post-secondary educational products, as well as educational accreditation services and products.
Third, the Attorney General for California issued an Investigative Subpoena back in August of 2015 that was asking for information that related to the recruiting of both U.S. military and California National Guard personnel, as well as the use of certain military logos and emblems.
Now, after a 3-month review, the DoD has concluded that the issues that led to the suspension were not warranted. However, the school must undergo what is being called a “heightened compliance review” that will last for one year.
The suspension only affected active duty personnel and the VA has not taken any action against the school. Those using their GI Bill benefits were not affected by the suspension.
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