- Ashford University announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gave it approval to continue to receive benefits under the GI Bill. The decision is retroactive to July 1, 2019.
- The decision follows the for-profit online university’s drawn-out battle to remain eligible for GI Bill funding after the state of Iowa moved to pull its approval in 2016.
- It also comes as Ashford attempts to separate as an independent nonprofit from owner Zovio, an ed tech company formerly known as Bridgepoint Education.
The VA is acting in place of the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education after it pulled the agency’s oversight of military education benefits in September. That move followed a thorny debate between the two groups about how to supervise education providers that receive GI Bill funds, particularly for-profit colleges.