Every year, around 700,000 Post-9/11 GI Bill students enroll in an institution of postsecondary education,1 a benefit earned through sacrifice and service to our nation. The GI Bill represents America’s thanks for veterans’ military service. It is also an economic investment designed to ensure a successful transition from military service to civilian employment through needed postsecondary skills and training.
Most veterans – and taxpayers – assume colleges are spending the GI Bill to give veterans an education.
But are colleges honoring the Congressional intent and taxpayer investment?
Veterans Education Success examined U.S. Education Department data on college spending as well as student outcome metrics to identify “Best Instructional Bang for the GI Bill Buck” colleges that dedicate the most to veterans’ education and have positive student outcomes, as well as “Bottom of the Barrel” schools that divert most tuition away from students and, not surprisingly, have worse student outcomes.