A top Student Veterans of America researcher will lead an in-depth discussion of the group’s landmark study on student veterans this week, during SVA’s National Conference.

Chris Cate, SVA’s vice president of research, is scheduled to discuss the results of the group’s NVEST study, short for National Veteran Education Success Tracker, on Thursday.

SVA’s NatCon starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday in San Antonio. It is the largest annual gathering of student veterans and their supporters in higher education.

The recent study found that student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill are mostly pursuing bachelor’s or graduate degrees, attending public or private schools rather than for-profit institutions, and studying disciplines such as business, healthcare and STEM.

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The research project also found that overall, veterans do better in college than their comparable civilian peers.

Other key findings include:

  • Nearly 350,000 veterans have used the Post-9/11 GI Bill, implemented in 2009, to earn more than 450,000 degrees and post-secondary certificates.
  • The most popular majors for students veterans were business, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — and health, respectively.
  • Thirty-eight percent of student veterans were between the ages of 25 and 29 when they finished their first college degree, and 21 percent were 35 or older.
  • Army veterans represented the most users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, compared to other branches of service.

For more information on the SVA national conference, visit http://conference.studentveterans.org/. Keep up with all of our coverage of NatCon at https://www.militarytimes.com/education-transition/.