Principles of Excellence Program
The Principles of Excellence program requires participating educational institutions to:
- Provide a personalized form to help you understand the total cost of your educational program, including:
- Costs covered by your benefits.
- Financial aid you may qualify for.
- Your estimated student-loan debt upon graduation.
- Other information to help you compare aid packages offered by different schools.
- Provide an educational plan with a completion timeline that shows how and when you can fulfill the requirements for graduation.
- Designate a point of contact to provide you with ongoing academic and financial advice (including access to disability counseling).
- Accommodate both long and short absences due to service obligations for active-duty Servicemembers and Reservists.
- Ensure accreditation of all new programs before enrolling students.
- Align their refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
- End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Institutions that do not charge tuition and fees are not required to comply with the Principles of Excellence. This includes:
- Foreign schools
- High schools
- On-the-job training and apprenticeship programs
- Residency and internship programs
Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to maximize your educational benefits and learn which schools participate.