Who Are Today's Student Veterans?

Student Veterans are growing in number on college campuses. In 2009, there were approximately 500,000 Student Veterans receiving education benefits. In 2013, over 1,000,000 student Veterans are using their GI benefits to pursue advanced educational opportunities, and this number is estimated to increase by 20% in the next few years. Review the section below to learn more about the Student Veteran population.

Characteristics of Student Veterans

  • 73%-80% of Student Veterans are male; 21-27% are female.
  • With only 10-14% of military personnel being women, female Student Veterans are over represented in postsecondary education.
  • Only 15% of Student Veterans are traditionally aged college students. Most Student Veterans are between the ages of 24 and 40.
  • 47% of Student Veterans have children.
  • 47.3% of Student Veterans are married.
  • 62% of Student Veterans are first-generation students.

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Who Is Using GI Benefits?

Today’s GI benefits can be used for various educational pursuits, and can cover tuition, books, and even housing expenses.

Paul Smiling

Meet Paul

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

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.benefits.va.gov/gibill/angelo.asp

Josh Smiling

Meet Josh

A married Veteran of the US Coast Guard with three children

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Where Are Student Veterans Enrolled?
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79% Student Veterans using GI benefits are attending public schools. The remaining 21% are equally split between non-profit private schools and proprietary schools.

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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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