A college degree is increasingly associated with greater economic opportunity for individuals and positive economic, social, and civic benefits for society. Yet, gaps in college access by income and race/ethnicity persist, especially at the most selective colleges and universities where students have the best chance to succeed due to greater resources and high graduation rates. Student veterans, in particular, are significantly underrepresented at colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates: Only 10 percent of GI Bill recipients attend institutions with six-year graduation rates above 70 percent, compared to 21 percent of the overall student population. This brief outlines four key practices, along with institutional examples, to help college and university leaders lay the groundwork for enrolling, supporting, and graduating more student veterans.

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