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Military-Connected Undergraduates: Exploring Differences between National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, and Veterans in Higher Education

Dani Molina, PhD, Senior Program and Research Manager, Veterans' Programs, American Council on Education (ACE)

In recent years, the enactment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the ongoing drawdown of military personnel from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have contributed to substantial growth in the number of service members and veterans who use their earned educational benefits to enroll in college. We use national-level data to disaggregate the various components of military personnel (i.e., National Guard, reserves, and active duty) from veterans to examine points of difference and similarity on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, as well as on key factors associated with the college experience, post-secondary success, and non-completion. Findings show clear differences among military-connected undergraduates within the following characteristics: demographic and socioeconomic; family circumstances; enrollment, STEM major; employment; financial aid; and non-completion factors.

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