United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental Health

Who Are Today's Student Veterans?

Who Are Today's Student Veterans?

Student Veterans are growing in number on college campuses. Over 660,000 undergraduate students are Veterans, constituting about 3% of all undergraduates and approximately another 215,000 undergraduate students are military Service Members on active duty or in the reserves, constituting about 1% of all undergraduates. Supporting our student Veterans in successfully completing their studies is more important than ever. Review the section below to learn more about the student Veteran population.

Characteristics of Student Veterans
  • 73% of student Veterans are male; 27% are female.
  • With only 10-12% of military personnel being women, female student Veterans are over represented in postsecondary education.
  • Only 15% of student Veterans are traditionally aged college students (18-23).
  • 31.4% are between the ages of 24 and 29.
  • 28.2% are between the ages of 30 and 39.
  • 24.9% are 40 or older.
  • 47% of student Veterans have children.
  • 47.3% of student Veterans are married.
  • Only 35.3% are unmarried and without dependents.

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Who Is Using GI Benefits?

Increasing numbers of military Service Members are using GI (Government Issued) education benefits for postsecondary education. The most common, and generous GI benefit is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Over 300,000 current and former Service Members are using the Post-9/11 GI educational benefits.

Paul Smiling

Meet Paul

A disabled Veteran of the US Navy attending George Mason University http://www.gibill.va.gov/my-story/paul/

Tahitia Smiling

Meet Tahitia

A Veteran of the US Air Force attending the University of Maryland

Angelo Smiling

Meet Angelo

A Veteran of the US Marine Corps attending George Washington University http://www.gibill.va.gov/my-story/angelo/

Josh Smiling

Meet Josh

A married Veteran of the US Coast Guard with three children

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Where Are Student Veterans Enrolled?
College campus buildings.University campus.

Most student Veterans are enrolled in public 2-year (43.3%) and 4-year institutions (21.4%). Almost an equal number of student Veterans are enrolled in private not-for-profit schools (13.5%) and private for-profit schools (12.4%).

Where Can I Find More Information About Service Members and Student Veterans in the United States?

Resources for More Information

National Center for Veterans analysis and statistics (2011)

American Council on Education


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