8-K 1 form8-kx801vaxnov17update.htm FORM 8-K Document

Washington, D.C. 20549


 Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 9, 2017

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, California
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

(858) 668-2586
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 8.01    Other Events.
On July 6, 2017, Ashford University received approval from the Arizona State Approving Agency to provide GI Bill benefits to its students. On September 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) accepted the Arizona State Approving Agency’s approval, subject to Ashford's continued compliance with the approval requirements and the University subsequently received a facility code from the VA.
However, on November 9, 2017, the VA informed Ashford University that the Arizona State Approving Agency has not provided sufficient evidence to establish that it has jurisdictional authority over Ashford’s online programs. As a result, the VA intends to suspend payment of educational assistance and approval of new enrollments and reenrollments for Ashford University’s online programs in 60 days unless corrective action is taken. Ashford University strongly disagrees with the VA’s interpretation of the relevant regulations and intends to vigorously challenge the VA’s action through all appropriate forums.
In fiscal year 2017, our veteran students comprise approximately 10% of our total enrollment and approximately 5% of our revenue. If Ashford University were to lose all access to military affiliated students, it would continue to be in compliance with the 90/10 Rule. At this time we cannot predict the eventual outcome of this matter, and any potential delays or gaps in coverage for GI Bill benefits could have a material adverse effect on current and future military student enrollment and the Company’s revenues, financial condition, cash flows and results of operations.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: November 13, 2017
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
/s/ Diane L. Thompson
Name: Diane L. Thompson
Title: Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel