University of Phoenix Commends Congress For Legislation To Enhance Veterans' And Active Duty Servicemembers' Education Programs

 University of Phoenix Commends Congress For Legislation To Enhance Veterans'
              And Active Duty Servicemembers' Education Programs

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Dec. 30, 2012

PHOENIX, Dec. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Lawmakers Sunday successfully approved
a bill that would protect critical higher education benefit programs used by
veterans, active duty servicemembers, and their families. University of
Phoenix, which has proudly served tens of thousands of active-duty and retired
members of the United States military — praised lawmakers for improving
opportunities for servicemembers and veterans by sending H.R. 4057 to
President Obama for his signature.

The legislation, Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for
Veterans Act of 2012, includes a number of requirements that have successfully
been implemented at University of Phoenix and have helped servicemembers and
veterans make informed decisions about their chosen college degree programs.

"H.R. 4057 is a testament to the leadership and bipartisan spirit of Sen.
Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Rep. Jeff Miller, Rep. Bob
Filner and Rep. Gus Bilirakis — along with many others. University of Phoenix
will always honor our nation's longstanding commitment to provide military and
veteran students and their families the opportunity to pursue a high-quality
education and gain the skills they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow," said
Mark Brenner, Chief of Staff of Apollo Group, and Senior Vice President of
Communications and External Affairs.

"Lawmakers came together not only in support of The Post-9/11 GI Bill, but to
clarify what the government and all post-secondary institutions must do to
protect military students while increasing their educational opportunities,"
said retired Col. Garland Williams, Ph.D., who leads the team of University of
Phoenix Military Division advisors and counselors. "University of Phoenix is
proud to build on the work of Congressional leaders. Our doors are always open
to those who want to see our best practices in providing educational
counseling services and transparency for veterans and members of the Armed
Forces."

University of Phoenix leaders commend the many Veterans Service Organizations
(VSOs), including Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Student
Veterans of America, for their collaborative efforts to make sure this bill
helped promote transparency and accountability. A coalition of VSOs and higher
education institutions, including University of Phoenix, sent a letter on
February 2 to President Obama and congressional leaders calling for
legislation to foster responsible decision-making and protect veterans who
seek to use their VA educational benefits. The letter asked for measures later
included in H.R. 4057, including enhanced, upfront counseling services for all
military students, and a formal complaint process within the U.S. Department
of Veterans' Affairs. On July 11, University of Phoenix sent a letter to House
Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller and Ranking Member Bob
Filner in support of H.R. 4057. The University reiterated its support to Sens.
Patty Murray and Richard Burr with a letter sent on December 18.

"University of Phoenix is unique in the way we serve military students," said
Col Williams. "Our military division is comprised primarily of advisors who
have prior military experience. Every military student works closely with
their graduation team of counselors and advisors — whether they're completing
coursework online while deployed on active duty, or working toward a degree as
a veteran back home — to help them reach graduation, and use career services
within the University to enhance their career path upon their transition to
civilian life."

For more information regarding University of Phoenix's record of providing
flexible, relevant and rigorous degree programs to our nation's military visit
www.phoenix.edu/military.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is the largest private university in North America and
is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a
rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and
interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations
without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship university of Apollo
Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student
population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree
programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online
throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.

About Apollo Group

Apollo Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education providers
and has been in the education business for approximately 40 years. The Company
offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both
online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels
through its subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for
Professional Development and College for Financial Planning. The Company
offers programs and services throughout the United States and in Latin America
and Europe, as well as online throughout the world. For more information about
Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the
Company's website at http://www.apollogrp.edu.

SOURCE University of Phoenix

Website: http://www.phoenix.edu
Contact: Ryan Rauzon, University of Phoenix, (916) 599-2911, media@phoenix.edu
 
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