Getting the Jump on Education
Life after the military starts with taking advantage of your VA education benefits. Learn about military scholarships and military friendly schools.
Advancing a military career requires education in the same way any civilian career does. The career service member can access the benefits under the G.I. Bill and any available scholarship for active duty personnel.
They can serve their country and at the same time work towards a degree. But what about the service member who does not intend to pursue a military career?
University After The Military
At the Starting Gate
The service member who does not intend to make a career in the military can still access educational benefits from a military friendly college. With the advent of online learning opportunities, work toward a degree can begin before separation. For the civilian community, distance learning and online learning opportunities are a relatively recent development. However, the military community been utilizing distance education opportunities for years. The unique circumstances of military service precludes many traditional educational scenarios.
VA Approved Universities
Finding a School
As online education is becoming more mainstream within the academic community, more colleges and universities are embracing this learning model. This means that the service member can choose a school offering online learning, and then attend that same school after separation. Because of the growing acceptance of the virtual classroom, a separating service member can incorporate this new model with a more traditional learning environment.
Careers After The Military
Putting Down Roots
Finding a community the separating service member wishes to settle in with a college they want to attend has become easier. With so many schools accepting this hybrid instructional model, the number of places to move to have increased. The added benefit is the ability to begin work towards a degree while still serving in the military.
The first step to locating an appropriate educational facility is to determine where to put down roots. Contacting the educational counselor located on each post is the next step. This counselor has all the information to help develop a plan to achieve educational goals. The counselor will be able to find suitable schools in the community the service member chooses. In addition, these counselors have all the information needed to secure financing under the G.I. Bill, scholarships for active duty, and other financing sources. Developing a solid plan to achieve educational goals, locating an online military friendly college, and mapping out financing will assist in getting the jump on education.
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