Since 2009, the University of Phoenix has received $1.2 billion in federal funds spent through the G.I. Bill. The university enrolled nearly 50,000 such students in 2014, twice as many as any other university.  Some critics of for-profit higher education have argued that Apollo Education Group and the University of Phoenix “deprive veterans.”   In 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense terminated its contract with the University of Phoenix for military bases in Europe.  U.S. military commanders at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, allowed University of Phoenix officials to build promotional materials and place advertising materials in busy areas. Access was granted for cash.  According to the College Navigator, the ratio of students to faculties in the Arizona segment is 70 to 1.  College Navigator reports 127 full-time faculties and 5,353 part-time faculties in its Arizona segment; Full-time faculty makes up 2 per cent of the total faculty.
 In the California segment, there are 4 full-time faculties and 1,304 part-time faculties; Full-time faculties account for less than 1% of the faculty.  African-Americans make up 19.3 percent of the university`s faculty, and 4.9 percent are Latino  Women make up 56 percent of the faculty.  University of Phoenix officials felt that it was not fair to get students to sign their right to a day`s trial. “The question is whether students feel they have a wise choice if they agree to communicate,” Laura Palmer Noone, then president of the university, told The Chronicle of Higher Education. “They may not even know that the clause is included, and we don`t want them to feel that we are trying to limit their rights.” Between 2010 and 2016, the number of registrations decreased by more than 70% due to several investigations, complaints and controversies.     In August 2011, the Apollo Group announced that it will purchase 100% of Carnegie Learning to accelerate its efforts to integrate adaptive learning into its academic platform.  In 2013, USA Today UoPX listed as a “red flag” institution for booking a student credit default rate (26%) graduation rate (17%) More than that. Other controversies have focused on marketing and recruitment practices, school hours, one of the main recipients of scholarships and a student population that bore most of the student debts of all higher education institutions.  In 2014, the University of Phoenix collaborated with 47 historically black colleges and universities to offer UoP courses that are transferred to these institutions.  Students have access to classroom-specific online resources, including an e-library, textbooks and other course materials.
Some academics and alumni argue that short courses and the use of learning teams lead to poorer training.   The University of Phoenix has been criticized for its lack of academic rigour. Henry M. Levin, a professor of higher education at Columbia University`s Teachers College, called his business degree an “MBA Lite” and said, “I looked at [his] course material. It is a very low level of education.  The university is implementing a program called Corporate Articulation Agreements, which allows people working in other companies to obtain credits for training they have taken in the workplace.