The number of service members using military tuition assistance benefits declined again in fiscal 2018, continuing the trend in recent years of fewer troops taking college course.

Overall, the number of troops using tuition assistance across all five services fell 2.5 percent, from about 239,200 in fiscal 2017 to 233,200 in fiscal 2018, the most recent year for which data is available. That’s actually a smaller drop in TA usage than occurred between fiscal 2016 and 2017, when the decline was more than 6 percent.

Carrie Wofford, president of Veterans Education Success, a group that has established itself as one of the toughest critics of for-profit schools, pushed for a greater focus on academic inputs, such as the amount of money schools spend on teaching students, and not just student outcomes.