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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Colleges Expect Uptick in Veterans Following Drawdowns

  • December 11, 2011
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Colleges can look forward to an increase in enrollment by veterans following the exit of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, as veterans take advantage of GI Bill benefits.

One factor behind the expected influx is the additional five years veterans have to access benefits under legislation enacted after 9/11, reports GIBill.com. Now veterans have 15 years to use their benefits after they separate from the military.

Universities are expanding their services for veterans to help them understand their benefits and transition to the life of a college student, according to the story. One decision they need to address is whether to pursue a major that builds on their military experience or find a new field.

“The one constant among them is that they still want to find themselves in a position where they’re able to serve their community in some way, shape or form, whether it’s their local community or the community at large,” said James Selbe, vice president of military operations at University of Maryland University College.

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