College Information Website Settles With States

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Federal GI Bill college benefits, like almost any student-aid program, can have tricky rules and regulations. And when students take their questions to the Internet, they frequently end up at

But instead of offering impartial explanations and how-to tips, the site has functioned largely as a sales lead tool for a network of for-profit colleges. Attorneys general in 20 states — Florida included — accused the website of deliberately misleading tactics, as the site’s design could lead students to mistakenly think the site is either government-operated or endorsed by the military.

On Wednesday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and her counterparts in other states announced a national settlement had been reached with QuinStreet, the California-based marketing firm that has operated and passed along veterans’ contact information to its for-profit college clients.

“Targeting veterans to profit from their GI Bill benefits is shameful,” Bondi said in a statement.

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