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For-Profit College Military Aid Needs Oversight, GAO Says

A U.S. military program that paid $175 million to for-profit colleges for active-duty service members’ tuition in 2009 may be wasting money because of insufficient oversight, government investigators said.

The Defense Department grants tuition assistance without having a system to track complaints, and it reviewed less than a third of the courses offered by nonprofit and for-profit colleges, according to a Government Accountability Office study obtained by Bloomberg News. Institutions that provide online courses, especially for-profit colleges, targeted the federal funds, according Senator Thomas Carper, who requested the study.