FTC and VA Sign Agreement Furthering Efforts to Protect Service Members

FTC and VA Sign Agreement Furthering Efforts to Protect Service Members
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November 16, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Veterans Administration (VA) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to further their ongoing efforts to stop fraudulent and deceptive practices targeted at U.S. service members, veterans and dependents who use military education benefits.

The FTC says that the agreement is designed to enhance cooperation between itself and the VA in investigating and taking action against institutions that target service members with unfair or deceptive advertising or enrollment practices. The agreement outlines terms under which the VA can refer potential violations to the FTC.

The FTC advises service members to watch out for any for-profit schools that may stretch the truth to encourage enrollment, either by exerting pressure on service members to sign up for unnecessary courses or to take out loans that might be a challenge to pay off.

Students interested in pursuing a higher education should first check out the FTC's updated online guide, Choosing a College: Questions to Ask.

Anyone, service member or not, who encounters a school that has not lived up to their promises should file a complaint with the FTC.