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ERIC Number: ED511615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-25
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Student Veteran Success: Institutional Responses to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Influx of Student Veterans. WISCAPE Viewpoints
McCready, Bo, Ed.
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (NJ3)
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, commonly known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, represents the largest investment in veterans' education since the original GI Bill of 1944. The bill pays tuition for a student veteran up to a cap based on public in-state undergraduate tuition and provides a monthly housing stipend, as well as money for books and educational supplies. Since its adoption in August 2009, the bill has made postsecondary education more affordable and accessible for many veterans. Due to the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the size of the United States military has increased. Many veterans of these wars will soon return to American soil, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill, along with other benefits, will help thousands attend colleges across the nation. In this Viewpoints, contributors representing several institutions--staff and colleagues from the Madison College Veterans Services Office, Tami Koepsel of Edgewood College, and John Bechtol of the University of Wisconsin-Madison--describe their institutions' responses to and preparations for the current and future influx of student veterans. Elizabeth O'Herrin of the American Council on Education (ACE) Department of Military Programs provides an overview of the national context surrounding student veterans in postsecondary education and concluding remarks. The authors call attention to a number of problems that institutions and student veterans face, as well as some promising potential solutions. Student veterans are a unique group, and the challenges colleges and universities face in encouraging postsecondary success for these students will only increase in importance as more veterans return from abroad. (Contains 5 notes.)
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 326 Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1386. Tel: 608-265-6342; Fax: 608-262-4881; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin