Student Veterans of America presents groundbreaking research about student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Over the course of three reports, we will demonstrate how student veterans perform in higher education. Based on the initial results, today’s student veteran represents the best source of potential and current achievers in higher education.
Did You Know?
Student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill are more likely to graduate, to have a higher GPA, and to earn academically-rigorous degrees in the fields of business, the health professions, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“Even after your time in uniform, America still needs your leadership, your drive, and your talent. When I signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill into law in 2008 my intention was to empower you to do incredible things…we know that student veterans like you outperform your peers. You’re more likely to graduate, to attend a respected accredited institution, and to earn degrees in emerging fields. I couldn’t be prouder of you all for taking full advantage of your education.”
– President George W. Bush
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Student Veteran Voices
As a part of our mission helping veterans transition into higher education and civilian life, we share the stories of student veterans through our SVA Voices series to change the narrative surrounding veterans, highlighting their successes and to inspire tomorrow's leaders.
Tahlia Burton - Air Force
Tahlia Burton served in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years before she returned to pursue higher education. Currently a student at Columbia University, Tahlia expects to graduate in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights, and is a part of the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University SVA chapter, or MilVets. Before attending Columbia University, Burton was unsure about whether or not she was going to be able to make it in college. She had no idea how she was going to assimilate into her new position as a student.
Nicholas Marinelli - Army
Meet Nicholas Marinelli, a U.S. Army - National Guard Veteran and a student at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, where he studies Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Nanomaterials. He is also a member of the UML Student Veterans Organization (SVO).
Maria Rincon - Army
Meet Maria Rincon, a U.S. Army veteran who is pursuing a degree in Bilingual Education at both Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and Texas A&M Kingsville. Not only is she a single mother and full-time student, she is also President of the Student Veterans Alliance Club at TSTC. Maria admits that she was afraid when she first arrived at her school’s Veterans Center, but when she realized the support she had from her fellow veterans and advisors, that fear soon dissipated.
Chibuzor Oziligbo - Navy
Chibuzor Oziligbo served as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He is now an undergraduate at Georgia Tech where he is working towards receiving his MS in Civil Engineering, and is expected to graduate in May 2016.
Top Degree Fields
Health Profession Degrees Earned
Liberal Arts and Sciences Degrees Earned
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting Degrees and Certificates Earned
Business, Management, Marketing Degrees Earned
The National Veteran Education Success Tracker is a research partnership between Student Veterans of America, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Student Clearinghouse. It is the only study to review all records (excluding dependents) of Post-9/11 GI Bill students since 2009 to measure their academic outcomes. NVEST is made possible by the generous support of Google Global Impact Awards, The Kresge Foundation, and the Lumina Foundation.