Cost, Convenience Drive Veterans' College Choices

For-profit and community colleges are most popular among students using GI bill's benefits

When Sen. Jim Webb introduced his "21st-Century GI Bill" last year, he predicted that it would give veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the same educational opportunities that World War II veterans received under the original GI Bill of Rights, signed into law more than a half century ago.

The original GI bill "helped spark economic growth and expansion for a whole generation of Americans," Mr. Webb, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a speech on the Senate floor. "The bill I