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Types of Schools
Post-secondary schools are typically one of three types: public, private non-profit or private forprofit. The type of school you attend is critical because it will affect everything from how much you’ll receive in GI Bill benefits to the type and quality of training. Public schools in the U.S. are generally state-funded institutions of higher education that include community colleges and universities. They are founded, operated, and accountable to state government entities. Public schools charge reduced tuition and fees to in-state residents and a higher rate for out-of-state students. Generally, public schools cost less to attend than private non-profit or private for-profit schools and rely on funding received by their respective state government, private donations, and charged tuition and fees. Public schools are typically administered by a state higher education board or similar. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill students are eligible to have all charged tuition and fees for in-state students paid to the school. Students charged out-of-state tuition and fee rates may be eligible to participate in VA’s Yellow Ribbon program.
Private non-profit schools in the U.S. are primarily funded through a combination of tuition and fee charges and funding raised and invested tax-free in large endowments. Tuition and fee charges are usually higher than their public school counterparts. As such, private non-profit schools do not have state residency requirements, allowing them the ability to be more selective in whom they choose to enroll. Private non-profit schools are typically administered by a board whose members are appointed by alumni. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill students are eligible to receive up to a national maximum dollar amount paid to the school for tuition and fees and may be eligible to participate in VA’s Yellow Ribbon program.
Private for-profit schools in the U.S. are primarily funded through tuition and fee charges. They are operated by private, profit-seeking companies, usually accountable to a board of directors that represent their respective investors’ interests. Private for-profit schools do not have state residency requirements and are more inclusive in whom they choose to enroll. Under the Post9/11 GI Bill students are eligible to receive up to a national maximum dollar amount paid to the school for tuition and fees and may be eligible to participate in VA’s Yellow Ribbon program.