Texas Tech announces veterans enrollment numbers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/09

Texas Tech announces veterans enrollment numbers

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After the announcement of record student enrollment at Texas Tech University, the numbers for veterans enrolled at the institution have been released.

According to a press release from TTU, students using federal VA benefits such as the GI Bill for fall 2009 is at 446 compared to 326 last fall. This is a nearly 37% increase. Debra Crosby, the assistant registrar at TTU says that this number will most likely keep rising during the semester as more students come into the Veterans Affairs campus office to set up their VA files.

Crosby said this year's increase can be attributed to the new Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill, as about 225 of the 446 students are using Chapter 33. The bill has given veterans nearly unlimited financial means to go to school. Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they are academically qualified, which has caused heavy recruitment of veterans at universities nationwide.

The number of students using the Hazlewood Act, which is a state benefit, also has increased about 25 percent, from 118 in fall 2008 to 147 for fall 2009. This semester, 16 of those 147 students are using both state and federal benefits concurrently.

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