University of Phoenix in Hot Water for Deceiving Members of the Military
October 12, 2015
On Friday, the United States Department of Defense announced that it would no longer allow members of the military, past or present, to use their government allotted funds as tuition for education through the University of Phoenix.
The Department of Defense also announced that it is immediately suspending access to the University of Phoenix for recruitments events and seminars.
The suspension of funds for tuition, as well as terminating access for recruitment by the University of Phoenix comes after an investigation determined that the university used deceptive marketing tactics, governmental logos without permission, and even turned marketing booths on bases into recruitment centers for the university – violating government policy.
Howard Law, PC attorney Vincent D. Howard, himself a former member of the military, finds deceptive marking practices to be unacceptable and that taking advantage of our nation’s armed services members as something that simply must not be tolerated.
“What I’m learning about the University of Phoenix’s deceptive marketing tactics is of a major concern to me,” Said Vincent D. Howard. “Recent studies say that the University of Phoenix had received more than $1.2 billion dollars in taxpayer GI Bill money since 2009, and to find that University took advantage of the people it was supposed to help is very sad.”
Mr. Howard is not alone in his belief company’s abusing our service men and his sentiments are being echoed on both capitol hill, and throughout military support organizations.
Senator Durbin (Dem-Illinois), said that he will be calling on the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs to review the Defense Department’s findings to possibly bar Phoenix from enrolling students who are using GI Bill benefits.
Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a veterans’ advocacy group had a few choice words for the situation as well. “This is great and long overdue news for veterans and active-duty troops world-wide, as the University of Phoenix is often cited as a problem school by members.”
Companies and individuals using unfair and deceptive marketing tactics may be breaking the law. If you feel as though you have been the victim of deceptive marketing, you should contact the law offices of Howard Law, PC to see what legal actions may be at your disposal. Call 1-800-872-5925.