ERIC Number: ED207408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (GI Bill).
Stover, Francis W.
Information on the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (GI Bill) and other veterans' educational programs, participation rates, eligibility for educational assistance, and training trends is presented. More persons have trained in college than in any other type of training under the GI Bills; this is followed very closely by noncollege school training (including correspondence but not farm training). Participation in college level training is greater under the current program than under either the World War II or the Korean conflict programs. Through November 1980, a greater proportion of trainees under the current GI Bill had graduated from high school or passed the General Education Development (GED) test prior to entering training than had GI Bill trainees under either the World War II program or the Korean conflict program. However, peacetime post-Korean veterans trainees had a larger percentage who had completed one or more years of college. The most pronounced increases in training under the GI Bill occurred following increases in the financial assistance rate; however, beginning in April 1976, there has been a consistent downward trend in participation rates that has continued to the present. There is a special interest in training veterans who did not complete high school or obtain a GED certificate. In addition to the GI Bill, the Veterans Administration operates a Vocational Rehabilitation program for veterans who have incurred a service-connected disability, and another program for survivors and dependents of certain veterans. Information on the Veterans' Educational Assistance Act of 1981 (H.R. 1400) and other legislative options is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Attendance, Declining Enrollment, Dropouts, Educational Background, Educational History, Eligibility, Enrollment Trends, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Graduates, Higher Education, Student Financial Aid, Veterans Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: G I Bill; Korean War; Veterans Administration; Vietnam Veterans; World War II
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Community and Junior Colleges (Washington, DC, April 1981).