Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Sarah M. Wheeler, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

David D. Chambers, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Dighton Fiddner, Ph.D.


This thesis was designed to determine if the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill is adequate for the students attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) during the 2013-2014 school year. A survey was conducted on sixty veteran students attending IUP. Interviews were also conducted with several veteran students to help support a portion of the research conducted for this thesis. The results of the research shows that the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill usually covers the cost of tuition, however there are many other factors that veterans have to deal with that could complicate their time at a university. This study gives examples of the struggles veterans encounter in higher education institutions and suggestions how these problems can be remedied.