For veterans or active duty personnel, finding a college of university that’s “military friendly” can be challenging. There are numerous reasons for this, one being not all schools that claim to be “military friendly” actually are. Another reason is the definition of “military friendly” is fairly vague.
With this in mind, many schools work well with enlisted service personnel and veterans to accommodate their academic plans. It’s important to be knowledgeable about what to look for when researching “military friendly” schools.
What to Look For
Are you just starting your search for a military-friendly college or university? Do you have questions that need answers? Military students have unique needs so it’s important to research if a school offers the following benefits:
- Credits: Have you accumulated credited from other post-secondary institutions? What about credits from community college? Military-friendly schools make it easy to transfer many of these credits.
- Flexible Schedules: If you cannot attend class during the day, that’s not problem if you attend a military-friendly school. Flexibility evening and weekend courses as well as online courses should be available to accommodate your busy lifestyle.
- Tuition Discounts: Many military-friendly schools offer tuition discounts to military personnel, as your G.I. benefits may not cover the entire cost of school. College is expensive so take advantage of this incredible perk. Some discounts are better than others so do your research to find a school that offers tuition savings.
- Called to service? No problem: As an active military member, you never know when and if you’ll be called back to service. Military-friendly schools allow military students to withdraw without academic of financial penalties. When your deployment ends, re-enrolling should be a piece of cake, that is, if your school is military friendly.
- Service director on staff: Does your school of choice have a military representative on staff who understands the needs of veterans and active service member? You might have specific questions that only a veteran can answer so it helps to find a school that has a dedicated representative for individuals like you.