ERIC Number: ED057764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec-9
Reference Count: 0
Address Before the Subcommittee on Education and Training Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives; Comparison of Independent Colleges and Universities 1947-48 vs 1971-72.
Ness, Frederic W.; Holcomb, Howard E.
In 1944 Congress passed a bill familiarly known as the World War II G.I. Bill. This piece of legislation enabled World War II veterans to continue their college educations at the institutions of their choice. Since that time, various other bills have been passed enabling ex-G.I.'s to further their educations. Now the country is faced with the return of Vietnam veterans, and the major problem confronting them is a financial one. College costs have at least tripled (300%) in the last 25 years in 90% of our colleges, and federal support of veterans has increased only about 30%. Because present veteran benefits only cover approximately 40% of college expenses, Congress is urged to increase federal support sufficiently to provide the veteran a wider choice of colleges. This could be achieved either by an increase of 50% or more in educational assistance payments to the veteran himself or by a tuition payment of $1,000 or 75% of tuition, whichever is lesser, directly to the college. This report reviews the above issues and contains a 15 page supplement which compares the 1947-48 enrollments in U.S. independent colleges and universities with 1971-72 enrollments. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.