Third Way Statement on the Shalala Amendment on DOD Tuition Assistance Funds in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON — Third Way issued the following statement from Lanae Erickson, Senior Vice President for Social Policy & Politics:
“The federal government has an important role to play in holding colleges and universities accountable through prioritizing transparency, distinguishing bad actors from good actors, ensuring a return on investment for the American taxpayer, and protecting our military community’s hard-earned benefits. Despite recent efforts, many active duty servicemembers continue to be targeted by for-profit institutions aided by loopholes in the 90-10 rule, the lack of easily accessible information, and aggressive recruiting tactics. Many servicemembers have already been seriously harmed by predatory practices and institutions closing unexpectedly.
That’s why Congress should include the Shalala amendment on DOD Tuition Assistance (TA) funds in the final NDAA conference bill. This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to review the amount of TA funding institutions of higher education receive and publish that data in a publicly-accessible website, ensures that the colleges servicemembers attend have the financial resources necessary to protect against a sudden closure or tuition increase, and gives servicemembers time to plan for closures and protect their educational benefits. It is an important step toward making sure the higher education system is truly serving our servicemembers, not plundering them.”