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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Higher Education Policy Commission official says a federal law prevented the state from intervening on behalf of veteran students when problems surfaced at Mountain State University.

Skip Gebhart coordinates veterans education and training programs. He tells the Charleston Gazette that the 2010 law left the commission powerless to help veterans attending the university.

A provision in the law took away state officials' authority to withdraw approval of Veterans Affairs benefits at accredited nonprofit colleges and universities if their educational programs were lacking.

Gebhart says the commission could have addressed Mountain State's approval for VA benefits a year ago, if not for the law.

The Higher Education Learning Commission revoked Mountain State's accreditation in June but decided this week to extend it until Dec. 31 while the school appeals.

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