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Military Education Guide for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members.

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Choose A Career Path Now! Your unique training and experience as a military service member or veteran lends itself to a number of promising careers. Employers are particularly interested in veterans with college degrees, professional certificates, and other specialized education. They trust the character and skills that current or former military personnel bring to their businesses and companies.

Decide now to pursue your interests and career goals so that your Tuition Assistance and GI Bill benefits will not be wasted. Online counselors are waiting to guide you to the right campus or online degree programs for the hottest job opportunities of the future.

You have found Top 30 Military Friendly Schools during your user-friendly search! Speak with an online school counselor, or use our Military Career Guide, to find a college or university that fits into your work schedule and family plans. Simply complete one of our short forms; and all the information you need will soon be on its way to you.

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Military Branches of Service

US Air Force

US Air Force: Like the other military branches the Air Force offers its members great opportunities to get a college education. These programs are generally referred to as Voluntary Education or Vol. Ed. The Community College of the Air Force offers the following programs to help airmen reach their education goals.

Air Force Education Programs

Air Force Tuition Assistance

Top 30 Air Force Friendly Schools

US Army

US Army: Within the Army there are four major education support programs that can help you go to college. Here you will learn more about the Army's "4 Opportunities for Success" and how you can take advantage of them.

Army Education Programs

Army Tuition Assistance

Top 30 Army Friendly Schools

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US Coast Guard

US Coast Guard: Like the other military branches the Coast Guard offers its members great opportunities to get a college education. These programs are generally referred to as Voluntary Education or Vol Ed. The Coast Guard Institute offers the following programs to help Coast Guardsmen reach their education goals.

Coast Guard Education Programs

Coast Guard Tuition Assistance

Top 30 Coast Guard Friendly Schools

US Marine Corps

US Marine Corps: The purpose of the Marine Deployed Education program is to provide undergraduate level courses to afloat Marines, MCB Camp Pendleton and MCAS Cherry Point developed MOUs with academic institutions. Qualified Marines with the proper units provide the instruction. Courses are provided by Park University and Central Texas College.

Marine Corps Education Programs

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

Top 30 Marine Corps Friendly Schools

US Navy

US Navy: The Navy has five Voluntary Education programs, all are part of the Navy's 5 Vector Model for career development.  Following is a summary of these five education support and other programs available to Navy personnel.

Navy Education Programs

Navy Tuition Assistance

Top 30 Navy Friendly Schools

Members of the National Guard are eligible for tuition assistance. However each of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own Tuition Assistance  (TA). In addition each state may offer its National Guard servicemembers state funded education incentives based on state guidelines and eligibility (i.e. TA, waivers, exemptions, student loan repayment, etc.).

Your military service has most likely earned you college credit. Many colleges and schools award military students credit towards a degree based on coursework, training, and occupational specialty. You've worked hard in the military, so now you can save tuition dollars and classroom time!

Reserves Friendly Schools

Reserves: REAP (Chapter 1607) is a Department of Defense/VA education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation)* as declared by the President or Congress.

Reserve Education Assistance Program
Reserve Tuition Assistance

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support: DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) is a DoD organization created to help Servicemembers pursue their educational goals and earn the degrees or certification they deserve while continuing to serve their country.

Educational Assistance and Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs has released the 2008-2009 DEA payment rates which go into effect on Oct. 1, 2008. The following guide will help you determine if you are eligible and how to apply for The Department of Veterans Affairs DEA program.

Spouse Assistance: The Career Advancement Accounts program provides assistance to military spouses seeking to gain the skills and credentials necessary to begin or advance their career. Career Advancement Accounts (CAA) covers the costs of training and education, enabling participants to earn a degree or credential in in-demand, portable fields in almost any community across the country. CAA can be used to pay up to $3,000 in fees for one year, and may be renewed for one additional year, for a total two-year account amount of up to $6,000 per spouse.

Veterans Assistance: VEAP is an educational assistance program that is available if you elect to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The following is a summary of the VEAP.

Military Career Guide:Deciding on your career goals and interests will keep you from wasting your Tuition Assistance and GI Bill benefits on a degree that doesn’t match your career path. In today’s job market, the type of degree can make all the difference.  So the degree of your choice is very important especially if you’re hoping on landing one of the current “Hottest Jobs” we have listed below.

Miltary Tuition Assistance: Is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

On The Job Training Programs: If you are a veteran or currently in the guard or reserve, the On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program offers you an alternative way to use your VA (GI Bill) education and training benefits. The following is a summary of these GI Bill alternatives.

Work Study Program
If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree program or a vocational or professional program, you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
If you and your family frequently transfer, it can be very difficult to complete your college degrees. That is why SOC, an association of approximately 1753 colleges and universities, was created: to ensure Servicemembers like you and your family are given sufficient educational opportunities. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and coordinated through DANTES.

GI Bill

Learning to Use Your GI Bill: The GI Bill is an educational benefit earned by Active Duty, National Guard, and Selected Reserve service members.  This benefit was intended to help servicemembers and eligible veterans cover costs associated with getting training and an education.  Depending on a person’s status and eligibility, the GI Bill was structured with several programs each administered differently.

The New GI Bill Overview
Many post 9/11 veterans and servicemembers will soon see a new package of education benefits. This new Post 9/11 GI Bill, or so-called GI Bill for the 21st Century, boasts the most comprehensive education benefits package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944.

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