Veterans are having trouble using the GI Bill to pay the full cost at state colleges and universities. New rules say vets can collect up to $17,500 a year at private colleges but only the cost of in-state tuition at public institutions. With frequent moves required by military service, some vets can’t qualify as in-state students.
Nearly a million veterans have enrolled in college using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but nobody knows how many graduate and find jobs.
Thanks to generous federal aid and the recession, more older students are enrolling in Florida community colleges, but
many require remedial classes.Eighty percent of students 20 and older and 90 percent of those 35 an older require remedial math. Dropout rates are high.
Uncle Sam wants veterans to sign up for college! And colleges and universities are trying to create “veterans-friendly” programs to attract ex-GIs — and billions of dollars in post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
President Obama is confused about his college goals, writes Rick Hess. If he wants more Americans to get postsecondary education, he shouldn’t be attacking for-profit colleges, “the only institutions eager to help fulfill his grand ambitions.”
Low graduation rates are the fault of college students, and maybe their parents, but not their colleges, according to an AP-Stanford poll. Advocates of the college-completion agenda aren’t happy about the results.
For-profit colleges are cashing in on veterans’ and active-duty military personnel’s education benefits, charges Sen. Tom Harkin. But are vets foolish to choose for-profit career colleges over community colleges?
On Community College Spotlight: Most veterans using the new GI Bill choose for-profit and community colleges, apparently seeking job training rather than bachelor’s degrees. Online learning is popular too. Senate Democrats aren’t happy that so many are opting for higher-cost for-profit college programs.