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Understanding the cost and quality of military-related education benefit programs

Understanding the cost and quality of military-related education benefit programs

Martorell, Paco, author; Bergman, Peter, author

Since the 1944 passage of the original GI Bill following World War II, the military has provided veterans with a collection of financial aid benefits designed to help them attend college. While research has shown that these programs have helped many veterans acquire a college education, less is known about the impact of more recent educational benefits for veterans. This is especially true of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which, in conjunction with a number of other assistance programs, has afforded veterans new educational opportunities. The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers tuition subsidies paid directly to institutions, a housing allowance tied to cost of living, and a book stipend, which in combination are usually more generous than preceding GI Bills. However, issues such as rising tuition costs; an increasing presence of low-quality, for-profit institutions that target veterans; and a potentially confusing array of benefit options could mitigate the impact of these programs on the recruitment, retention, and human capital development of service members. This report contextualizes these issues and formulates a research agenda to address them

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Paco Martorell, Peter Bergman
ISBN: 0833084798, 9780833084798
Note: Report number from resource home page.
Note: "National Security Research Division."
Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed December 27, 2013).
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 23-25).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xv, 25 pages) : color illustrations.
Series: Rand Corporation research report series ; RR-297-OSD
Subject: United States.; United States. Montgomery G.I. Bill.; Veterans Education United States Costs.; Military education United States Costs.; United States. Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.; HISTORY Military Veterans.
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-297-OSD.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Military-related education benefit programs
  3. Empirical patterns of MGIB benefit usage
  4. Research on military-related education benefit programs
  5. Challenges facing policymakers
  6. Recommendations for future work
  7. Conclusion.