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The research question addressed in this study was, is African American Vernacular English use perceived to be a barrier in college for study participants and if so, is it a significant barrier compared to other internal and external factors that impact college success. It documents a qualitative study in which ten African American male former college students were interviewed to learn how they perceived AAVE use as a barrier to their college success. The author analyzes the data and uses related research literature to construct meaning. She concludes that participants in the study 1) perceived other internal and external barriers as more significant to their success than AAVE use and 2)perceive the use of AAVE as positive socially and necessary culturally, but 3) place less value on AAVE with increasing age, employment, and education.