Defense Dept. Lifts Suspension of U. of Phoenix From Tuition Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Defense has lifted its suspension of the University of Phoenix from the federal Tuition Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to active-duty members of the armed services, a department official confirmed on Friday. The department put the for-profit educator on probation in October after much scrutiny of the university’s recruiting practices.

According to the Pentagon, the university will undergo a “heightened compliance review” for one year.

In a written statement, the university’s president, Timothy P. Slottow, said it was “grateful” to the department for “supporting a clear process and high standards from all educational institutions.”

For-profit colleges are often criticized for their reliance on members of the armed forces and veterans, who pay tuition largely through the use of federal benefits.

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