By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Data from veterans who used education benefits from the post 9/11 GI Bill seem to graduate with rates comparable to their non-veteran peers.

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Recently, a report by the Million Records Project, in collaboration with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, released the first analysis of those enrolled in college.

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Many already had associate’s degrees, perhaps earning degrees while on active duty. Nearly 52% or close to 789,000 veterans earned bachelor’s degrees, correcting the perception that veterans drop out and were not persisting. Fifty-one percent attended public institutions, while 45 percent enrolled in for-profit colleges and all needed more time than traditionally expected.

Air Force veterans earned degrees at the highest rate, 67%; the Coast Guard followed with 54%; Navy, 52%; Army, 47%; and Marines, 45%.

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An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that data on full or part time attendance, and how and what jobs veterans land after completion, would help policy makers plan.