If you’re a veteran who has surfed the Web looking for benefits information, you may have alighted on GIBill.com. Until now, that domain and others have been operated by a marketing company called QuinStreet, which bills itself as “the leader in vertical media and marketing online.”
But under a settlement announced Wednesday, QuinStreet will turn GIBill.com over to the Department of Veterans Affairs and will pay $2.5 million to cover the costs of the 20 states who have been investigating the company’s practices. Oregon’s share will be $225,000, the Oregon Department of Justice announced.
The states accused QuinStreet of misleading veterans by guiding them to apply their GI Bill benefits only to for-profit institutions and by implying that it was an official government website. QuinStreet denied that it misled veterans, but said it agreed to terms in order to provide clarity.
The GI Bill assists veterans who attend schools, including public universities like Portland State University and the University of Oregon.