College Information Website Settles With States

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Friday, June 29, 2012

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 GIBill.com.

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 GIBill.com 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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