From Service to Student: An Infographic Overview of Military Students

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Did you know that nearly half of the veterans who served September 2001 or later have a college degree? Earning a degree could be a great way for military members to embark on a new career path or build on existing skills and knowledge. This could be particularly important for those who are transitioning between military and civilian life. In some cases, military experience may even be accepted as college credit at certain military-friendly institutions. As such, it’s always a good idea to check with the admissions department at your chosen college to confirm whether or not they accept military experience as credit.

Demographics of Military Students

Infographic Overview of Military Students

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Veteran Education Benefits

You may be surprised to learn that 53% of active duty military are married and/or raising children.1 When you combine this fact with ever-increasing tuition costs, it makes sense that military students may need to look to certain benefit programs to help them fund their education, if they qualify. The good news is that there may be a variety of education benefit programs for qualifying veterans and their families. Examples of these programs include the Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program, and the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI Bill). To find out more about veteran benefits, visit Veterans Benefits Administration.

Other Ways to Fund Your Education

In addition to veteran benefit programs, military service members could also look into scholarships that may be available to qualified students. There are many military scholarships available. Some are specific to a particular military branch, such as the NMCRS Education Assistance Program, the Henry J. Reilly Memorial Scholarship Program, and the AFAS Military Education Benefits Program. Others are offered by foundations, such as Imagine America. And you’ll also find scholarships available for military dependents, such as the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship.

While scholarships alone may not be enough to cover your tuition costs, if they are available and you qualify, they could definitely help ease some of the burden. Click here for more information on military and veteran scholarships.

Another area to look into is military education benefits offered by the different branches of the military. To find out whether or not you qualify for military education benefits, visit the official website of your respective military branch.



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