On Jan 21, Zacks Investment Research upgraded
American Public Education, Inc.
) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) following President Obama's
executive order to continue the educational benefits under the
Department of Defense's Tuition Assistance Program.
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Why the Upgrade?
President Obama has asked The Departments of Defense and Veterans
Affairs and Education to develop Principles of Excellence to be
applicable for educational institutions opting for funds from
federal military and veteran's educational benefits programs,
including Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Tuition Assistance Program.
The Principles will inform students about federal educational
benefits and the educational programs that they are eligible for.
The Principles will ensure that the students are provided with
accurate information regarding educational cost, estimated
students debt and quality of educational programs and its
outcomes. The Principles will also ensure that the
active-duty service members, reservists, members of the National
Guard, veterans, and military families are supported with
high-quality academic and student support. The Principles are
meant to put an end to aggressive recruiting and other unjust
practices within educational institutions.
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs will incorporate
the clauses in The Principles in all the new agreements with
educational institutions. The students will also be provided with
an eBenefits portal where they can easily access information
regarding programs and institutions.
Being an online provider of higher education for the military and
public service communities, American Public Education will
benefit from the recent educational policy changes. More students
will be encouraged to opt for higher education thus providing the
much needed impetus to enrollment levels.
Other Stocks to Consider
Other stocks worth considering in the education sector include
Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Strayer Education Inc.
Xueda Education Group
). Strayer Education carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while
Apollo Education and Xueda Education carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).