06/15/2010 12:21 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

More Veterans Choose For-Profit And Community Colleges Under GI Bill

Under the post-9/11 GI Bill, many veterans are electing to go to for-profit and community colleges, new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has more:

Among the 15 institutions that enrolled more than 1,000 students who used the new GI Bill's benefits from October to May, seven were for-profits and five were community colleges. In 2007, nine of the top 15 under the previous Montgomery GI Bill, as it was called, were for-profits, and three were community colleges.

A total of 270,666 students used the new benefits in 2009-10. Veterans and college officials say cost, convenience, geography, and support systems were significant factors in veterans' college decisions.

The for-profit University of Phoenix attracted the most veterans under the bill, with more than 10,000 in total attending. This year's data set does not differ much from last year's, in which vets cited cost and convenience as their main reasons for choosing for-profit and community colleges.

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