You’ve Served Your Country, Now Get An Education!

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You have completed your obligation to our country, or perhaps, you are still enlisted,and now wish to embark on an educational path. You can seek to enhance furthering your career in the service, or branch out to other areas. Either way, this is a great way to enhance your portfolio. 

So, you have made the choice to further your education,. What is your next step? First of all, you should have a general idea, of what it is, you want to study, and pursue in a career. This way, you can know which general direction to go. It can be a technical or trade school, or perhaps you may want to go into the medical field, but not quite the four year degree route. You can earn a certificate, Associates, or bachelors degree, the opportunities are endless. You have already proven your dedication of service to our country, now dedicate service to yourself. 

Once you decide the general direction to go, then pick a school. Generally it is a good idea to pick a school , located near where you live. If you are working full time, it may help, if they offer online courses as well. Your next step, is to find out about veteran admissions advisors. You will have to pick out a few schools, and call them. Ask if they have a full time veteran counselor on campus, and what kind of assistance they offer for veterans. 

Don’t stop there, ask a few more questions as well. Is there a SVA chapter or other veterans club on campus? Having other seasoned veteran students to turn to, can be a great help and support cycle. Has the school signed the VA Principles of Excellence? This shows the schools dedication of support for their veteran students. What is the student-veteran graduation rate? An important question is if the school accepts ACE credit for military experience. This gives you school credits in exchange for military experience. This can save you time and money for your degree. 

You should also ask to see if school participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. This is additional funding for your education, that does not result in extra charges to your GI Bill entitlement. All these questions are very important to get answers to. It will make the transition from military life to civilian life much easier, and more affordable. 

The statistic show, that veterans do better in college than regular civilians. This is because veterans have been trained to do things in feasible ways. They do not waste anytime, because in the military, this is not an option. You have to be ready and prepared at any given moment. The numbers are not set in stone, as it ranges from 72% down to 42% for completion rates. However, it is still better than the 39% non veteran completion rates. So whatever way you decide to go, just make sure you give it a shot, or you will forever, wish you did.

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