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ERIC Number: ED503104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The 21st Century GI Bill: What it means for California. Commission Report 08-12
California Postsecondary Education Commission
Since 2004, a yearly average of 21,000 veterans and active duty personnel enrolled at public colleges and universities in California. With the 21st Century GI Bill, education benefits will more than double. Commission staff believes these benefits are large enough to encourage a significant increase of enrollments by veterans and active duty personnel. In order to project the surge in enrollment resulting from an increase in GI Bill benefits, Commission staff conducted an analysis comparing the number of students who used the Montgomery GI Bill education benefit with the amount of the benefit from 1998 to 2008. This analysis indicated that a doubling of benefits relative to educational costs would generate an additional 34,000 in enrollments in California. For California to best serve its veterans, active duty personnel and civilians, colleges should prepare with programs such as veterans' services, financial assistance, college counseling, and disabled student services. Community colleges will likely have the largest increase in enrollments if current trends continue; each campus will need resources to accommodate incoming students. While many campuses have already addressed the need for additional veteran services, the report concludes that other campuses across the state should begin programs tailored to the needs of veterans in an effort to support and provide services to this growing population. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
California Postsecondary Education Commission. 770 L Street Suite 1160, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-322-9268; Fax: 916-327-4417; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Postsecondary Education Commission
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill