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Veterans Groups, Education Leaders Back Donna Shalala’s Effort to Close GI Benefits Loophole – Florida Daily

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Veterans groups and education leaders are going all out to help a South Florida congresswoman’s proposal to close a loophole proprietary colleges use when it comes to federal funds, including GI benefits.

Last month, freshman U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., who was president of Hunter College and the University of Miami and the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, brought out the “Defending All Veterans in Education (DAVIE) Act” which, her office insisted, “closes the GI Bill loophole in federal law that allows for-profit colleges to take advantage of veterans and servicemembers.”

Shalala introduced the bill and paired up with fellow Democrat U.S. Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts to champion the legislation.

“Currently, for-profit colleges must operate under a 90/10 rule that requires these schools to receive no more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal student aid. However, veteran educational assistance through the GI Bill and DOD erroneously falls into the 10 percent of revenue that must come from non-federal sources,” Shalala’s office noted.

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