Public Colleges Offer More Support for Veterans and Military Students, Survey Finds

According to a new study from the National Center for Education Statistics, public colleges and institutions with large enrollments offer more-robust support services designed specifically to help veterans and military students, reported The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The report, "Services and Support Programs for Military Service Members and Veterans at Postsecondary Institutions," is based on a survey of more than 1,400 two- and four-year colleges in the public, private non-profit, and for-profit sectors during the 2012-13 academic year.

Ninety-six percent of the colleges surveyed said they enrolled military or veteran students. Most of those students are undergraduates, the report says, and more than two-thirds of them attend public institutions.

At those colleges, many veterans are able to receive in-state tuition rates. Slightly more than half of the public institutions reported that veterans residing in the state paid in-state rates regardless of how long they had lived there.

Two- and four-year public institutions, as well as colleges in all sectors that enroll 10,000 or more students, reported offering more services for military and veteran students. For instance, while 36 percent of all institutions reported having a student-run military or veteran group on the campus, that share rose to 75 percent among four-year public colleges, and to 86 percent among the largest colleges. Public colleges and larger institutions were also more likely to report having a campus space reserved specifically for military and veteran students.


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Services and Support Programs for Military Service Members and Veterans at Postsecondary Institutions, 2012–13: First Look Report

The Chronicle of Higher Education