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Enrolling in College After Military Service? 4 Helpful Pointers

Enrolling in College After Military Service? 4 Helpful Pointers
Posted By: Anita Ginsburg on March 24, 2022

The transition from military service to college can be difficult for many veterans. Fortunately, many universities offer special benefits and programs for military service members and veterans. However, enrolling in college can seem daunting after being in the military. Once you have decided on the program to pursue, here are four helpful pointers to make the transition smoother.

Set Goals
Before you begin enrolling in college, it is important to set goals. Your goals should focus on what you hope to achieve by going to college, what your long-term career goals entail, and what will the job market look like in the near future? By having a clear idea of your goals, you will be better able to choose a program that fits your needs and will help you better align your degree program and achieve your goals.

Create a Budget
One of the most important things to consider when enrolling in college is how you will pay for it. If you are using benefits like the GI Bill, research how much money you will receive and create a budget accordingly. There are also many scholarships and grants available specifically for veterans. Be sure to look into all of your options before making a decision.



Enroll With an Online University
One option that many veterans choose is to enroll in an online university for military members that offers programs specifically for military service members and veterans. These universities typically offer flexible schedules, credit for military experience, and other benefits that make the transition easier. Furthermore, distance learning allows you to complete your degree without relocating, which can be a big factor for many veterans. You will also juggle your other responsibilities, like work and family.

Talk to a Counselor and Build a Support System
If you feel overwhelmed by enrolling in college, talking to a counselor can be helpful. They can provide information about different programs and benefits available to veterans, help you create a budget, and answer any questions you may have. Additionally, having a strong support system can make the transition smoother, whether friends or family. They can help you with things like childcare, transportation, and finances. Networking is also another way to add to your support system.

Conclusively, finding a military-friendly college and utilizing the benefits available to you can make the transition from military service to college much smoother. Be sure to do your research, set goals, and create a budget before enrolling in college. Utilize your support system and take advantage of resources like counseling services.
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