Higher Learning Opportunities for Those Who Serve
(Family Features) - Military personnel seeking to further their education often face several issues. According to a report* by the American Council on Education (ACE), military undergraduates can find it difficult to finance their education and to manage time constraints. Fortunately, there are solutions to help the men and women of the armed services overcome these obstacles, pursue their education and achieve their goals.
The ACE report, entitled "Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and America's Veterans," showed that the top three reasons for choosing a particular learning institution were location (75 percent), program/coursework (52 percent), and cost (47 percent).
Location: Continuing education is easier than ever, especially with the growing number of for-profit colleges and online learning opportunities. In fact, the ACE report found that 12 percent of those servicemen and women pursuing their education chose a private for-profit institution, such as Colorado Technical University (CTU) or American InterContinental University (AIU). Higher education for military personnel can help servicemen and women enhance their military careers and help them prepare to pursue career opportunities in the civilian job market.
Programs and Coursework: For those pursuing military education, online degrees are an ideal solution. Whether on active duty overseas or earning a degree as a civilian, online programs offer flexibility that allows military students to learn on their own time, wherever they are located. There are more online possibilities than ever before. Whether you are looking for a degree in criminal justice, business administration, IT or even design, it's possible to get the education you need in some of today's most exciting fields.
Cost: Thanks to programs such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as the New GI Bill, the Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Program, and financial aid from individual institutions (including assistance for military spouses), it's become much more affordable for military personnel to earn their degrees. Some colleges and universities also offer transfer- in credit for eligible military training. Not all credits are eligible for transfer. See the university's catalog regarding transfer credit policies.
Since the New GI Bill was passed in 2009, the Veterans Administration has issued nearly $4.8 billion in benefit payments, which has opened the doors of higher education to nearly 340,000 people. To find out more about the Bill and to find an approved education program, visit www.gibill.va.gov, or call 1-888-GIBILL. To learn more about the TA Program, visit www.militaryta.com.
*AIU and CTU do not guarantee employment or salary.
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