The SVA Census is an annual survey focused on collecting demographic data on student veterans and SVA alumni for use in discussions with policy makers, partners, and the public.
Informing Policymakers and the Public
There is no federal or national database that contains demographic information on student veterans. Federal databases include other military-related groups, such as ROTC, in their reporting or rely on data submitting through the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), however approximately one-third of student veterans do not complete and submit a FAFSA. This leads to an under sampling of student veterans and an over sampling of other student groups, resulting inaccurate reporting on student veterans. The SVA Census is an annual survey collecting this vital demographic data on student veterans and SVA alumni for policy makers, SVA partners, and the public.
The SVA Census is conducted via a web survey sent out to SVA’s network, SVA chapters, veteran points of contact on college campuses (e.g. veteran certifying officials), and social media channels. The survey is in the field during October of every year.