Dani Molina, PhD, Senior Program and Research Manager, Veterans' Programs, American Council on Education (ACE)
Although veterans now have access to greater education benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, it is unclear whether most will actually pursue a postsecondary education. Historically, about 24 percent of veterans have used their VA education benefits towards a college degree, even though earning money for college is one of their primary reasons for enlisting in the military and the financial resources were available through various VA education programs. The purpose of this study was to examine key factors that led post-9/11 veterans to enroll in higher education. A central focus of this study was to identify indicators that explain why a majority of veterans enter two-year and for-profit colleges instead of four-year institutions after leaving active duty.