There are lists floating around the Internet claiming to list the most “military friendly” colleges. Unfortunately, it’s unclear which lists are legitimate and which are simply trying to get the attention (and money) of prospective student veterans.
With so many colleges looking to benefit from the newly expanded Post 9/11 GI Bill, it’s increasingly important to know what really makes a school “military friendly.”
After completing service in the military and deciding to attend a higher learning institution, figuring out your GI Bill benefits can be quite challenging.
When I left the Air Force in 2009, I knew I wanted to attend the University of Missouri under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. What I didn’t know was that Missouri had its own state-sponsored programs that would make the older Montgomery GI Bill a much better deal.
These are the things no one tells you when you’re leaving the military to attend school, and, if you’re not careful, can end up costing you money. The GI Bill continues to be one of the best benefits to having served, but in order to get the most out of it, you’ll need to be prepared. See More
This might be a year of big-time change for U.S. service members and those who want to join the Armed Forces.
Here’s a look at five key military changes that might be in store in coming weeks and months:
The military is full of changing circumstances and the entire family can be affected—including kids.
If you’ve ever had to relocate during a school year, you may have dealt with the hassle of transferring curriculum in order to keep your child on track. New teachers, educational style, curriculum, and the constant changing quality of schools from location to location can unsettle students and some find it impacts their student’s performance in school.
Some military families choose to take matters into their own hands and choose to home school their children.
As with most decisions there are advantages and disadvantages to home schooling military children and ultimately families have to make the decision on what is right for them.
If you’re considering home schooling, here are some aspects to review: See More
January 2012 marks the tenth year since Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR partnered and started National Mentoring Month. The goal in its creation was to bring national awareness to the need for mentors so that more people could enjoy consistent, positive relationships. With the chaos of a constantly changing military lifestyle, one group that can benefit from a mentor is military children.
Whether it’s to cope with a deployment, the loss of a parent or just an extra friend to have, there are multiple mentorships designed for military children. Here are a few: See More
One of the most difficult parts of a PCS with a family is ensuring your children receive a good education, no matter where you live. Choosing a school district from a distance can be difficult when you don’t know people in the town you are moving to. Here are some key things to research in your quest for the best school for your family. See More
The transient nature of military life means it’s not altogether uncommon to hear about a service members’ child attending nine schools before graduating high school. In fact, more than 1 million children of military parents relocate every year, according to the the U.S. Census Bureau.
Unfortunately, the timing doesn’t always work out, meaning schoolchildren are at times faced with a move during the school year. A student may be in the middle of earning a foreign language credit and serving as captain of the lacrosse team, only to move to a school that doesn’t offer either.
These are difficult moves for both families and young students. But here’s a look at six ways to help ease the transition as much as possible: See More
Even after years of experience and multiple deployments under their belts, families are constantly learning new challenges to the military lifestyle.
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is handling judgment and ignorance about military issues from those closest to us.
Many of the readers on our Military Spouse and Family Facebook pages have dealt with this judgment firsthand and inspired these tips for bridging the learning gap and trying to respectfully inform those closest to you about military-specific struggles. See More
Many military members who proudly serve our country have access to tremendous education benefits. But that doesn’t mean they’re always able to breeze through a degree program without incurring any debt.
A unique organization is working hard to help veterans who are struggling with the lingering costs of higher education. The Leave No Veteran Behind program offers to partially or completely pay off higher education loans for veterans who would otherwise receive no aid from the government.
Even though new GI Bills have helped thousands of service members and veterans access higher education, there are holes that LNVB seeks to fill. See More
Coming back from military service undoubtedly means making adjustments. Some changes feel more substantial than others, such as pursuing a college degree. Getting an education costs money, time and energy. All three are scarce resources in many military families.
Adjusting to an academic routine after being deployed or on active duty may not be the easiest task, but reading about the challenges beforehand to can prepare you better for the change. See More