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Ashford University Notches Win in GI Bill Dispute

July 27, 2017

In the latest development in an eventful saga, Ashford University on Wednesday announced that it is closer to preserving access to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. 

The online university enrolls roughly 5,000 student veterans. But last year Iowa's state approval agency attempted to strip the university's GI Bill eligibility, citing a previous decision by Ashford to close its physical location in the state.

Earlier this week an Iowa court dismissed a petition from Ashford. But on Wednesday the university's parent company, Bridgepoint Education, said it has received approval from Arizona for Ashford to remain eligible to receive GI Bill benefits. That move will require a type of administrative approval from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, however, according to the company. In the meantime, Bridgepoint will continue to pursue approval in Iowa for Ashford through its ongoing lawsuit.

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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