Although the money was not a loan, it was, indeed, federal aid.
Schlussel writes that a secular Muslim client told her that University of Phoenix and Davenport University–two national chains of for-profit colleges have a lot of students who simply live off of thousands of dollars in federal aid and go to school forever.
The client told me that University of Phoenix began to crack down on this, but that Davenport did not. He also told me that many Muslim students engage in this as a sort of “halal” money (permissible money) because it’s the money of the infidels and seen as an easy scam.
And there’s very little oversight.
Since 9/11, I know that federal agents briefly looked into foreign students doing this and using it to live while they either didn’t attend class or had someone take their tests for them, as has happened in several student visa fraud rings.
But the feds did little about this–students collecting loans and other federal aid while they were not legitimately in school, even though some of the students collecting the money had apparent terrorist ties.
If students linked to Islamic terrorism can get away with it, why not this average, unknown White guy?
If students can go to the online universities for years on end and live off of the aid, it’s not surprising that Holmes, who had special grants from the government for his specific, unique course of study, could do the same.
Doctoral students receive free tuition, and most get federally sponsored 12-month grants of $26,000, about $500 a week.
I’m sure there will be all kinds of grandstanding Congressional committee hearings and pretense of clamping down on this.
But it’s been going on for years.
And if it didn’t take 9/11 to tighten up the system, this won’t change it either.
There is always a way around the system for terrorists and monsters who mastermind evil.