This report examines student veterans’ experiences with and perceptions of having their military learning recognized by a postsecondary institution. Previous research suggests recognition of military training and occupation helps to support student veterans as they pursue postsecondary education and training after service in the military, but missing from the literature is a deeper understanding of this process and how it may vary across institutions. To fill this gap, we conducted interviews and focus groups and administered a survey to student veterans who were enrolled or recently enrolled in undergraduate programs at postsecondary institutions in the United States. Broadly, we found that, although there is considerable variation across institutions and programs, the credit most student veterans receive from postsecondary institutions for their military experience does not meet their expectations.

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