HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Twenty states, including Alabama, will be reaping the benefits of the $2.5 million settlement filed against QuinStreet, Inc. on Wednesday.
The company runs GIBill.com, a website aiming to help veterans make sense of their benefits, but is accused of misleading and deceiving users by directing them to for-profit clients.
"It’s really tragic that organizations would intentionally be deceptive and take advantage of veterans," said William Webb, a spokesperson for Still Serving Veterans in Huntsville.
The twenty states accuse the website’s owners of posting a list of “Eligible GI Bill Schools" that misled veterans into thinking those were the only schools where they could use their education benefits.
However, the schools listed were QuinStreet, Inc. clients, who paid to be on the site.
As part of the settlement, all QuinStreet, Inc. military-related sites have to have clear disclosures, clarifying the site is not owned or operated by the U.S. Government.
QuinStreet, Inc. has also had to shut down all social media accounts associated with GIBill.com and provide a link to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs full list of schools that accept education benefits.
Eventually the domain will be completely turned over to the U.S. Government.