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VA Backs Ashford on Arizona Move

September 14, 2017

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs this week backed Ashford University's attempt to shift its state-based eligibility for veterans' benefits from Iowa to Arizona, likely preserving the for-profit university's access to Post-9/11 GI Bill and active-duty military tuition benefits. 

Ashford enrolls roughly 5,000 student veterans. The online university decided to shut down its physical campus in Iowa two years ago. Last year Iowa's Department of Education ruled that Ashford would no longer be eligible to receive veteran benefits, citing reasons the university vigorously contested

Then, in July, the university's parent company, Bridgepoint Education, received approval from Arizona to receive veterans benefits. The federal VA on Wednesday backed that decision, sending a letter to Ashford saying that the university would receive a facility code for its Arizona campus.

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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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