Between 2015 and 2016, Senator Kelly Ayotte received $8,000 in donations from Bridgepoint Education, a Trump U-style for-profit college that has been under investigation for making “false promises” and ultimately hurting its students. Just like Trump-U, it targeted and hurt those who were trying to better themselves through education, especially veterans.
Among the allegations levied against the outfit are claims that it lures students with false promises, offers a poor education, and has an enormous dropout rate. Its students are then left with mountains of debt and no degrees.
And while Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has taken a personal interest in education benefits for veterans, working to preserve GI Bill payouts as recently as April, veterans have been named as a particular target of Bridgepoint, whose Ashford University branch was allegedly motivated by the lure of the federal cash available from the GI Bill.
Stars and Stripes reported
that Bridgepoint’s “recruiters canvassed for troops heading to medical retirement, including a Marine with a traumatic brain injury who could not recall what classes he had chosen.”
Senator Ayotte had ample opportunity to learn about the abuse of veterans by for-profit schools, including at a 2013 Homeland Security hearing she skipped out on, but she still originally accepted their money. For-profit colleges are just another example of special interests she’s chosen to represent over Granite State veterans.
Published: Sep 9, 2016
Last Modified: Jan 18, 2024