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Revised GI Bill Comparison Tool Adds Data and Caution Flags

December 1, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Veterans Day released a new version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool, an information vehicle for Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients who are navigating their college options.

First released in 2014, the tool now includes more veteran-specific data points for each higher education institution, including retention and graduation rates for Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients attending full- and part-time. The tool also now lists "Caution Flags" for schools on various probations.

Of the 16,923 institutions in the tool, 1,140—or 7 percent—had a Caution Flag as of November 11, 2015, data pulled from the tool show. The vast majority, 924, are flagged as subject to heightened cash monitoring by the Department of Education. An additional 138 have been placed on probation by their accreditors, 113 by the Department of Defense for military tuition assistance, and three are listed for not offering in-state tuition rates.

In an email, VA Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Opportunity Curtis L. Coy said the tool will be expanded again to report "other issues that might help a Veteran evaluate a particular school."

Those interested in the data inputs, including Caution Flag information, can select the option to "Download Data on All Schools," at the bottom right corner of the tool.

In addition to data expansion, the GI Bill Comparison Tool has updated search functionality and new school profile pages, among other visual and functional enhancements.


Bryan Dickson
Senior Policy Analyst

Anne Gross
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs