Even with years of experience and training, veterans may need to add to their skill set or education as they approach their next career change or promotion. And while they bring quite a bit to the table, military service won't waive some job requirements. When certificates and college degrees are required, veterans start looking for a university that understands and supports them.
There are several things military-connected students should look for in a college or university, such as a flexible academic schedule and the transfer of credits for military experience. Veterans are also looking for affordability, a school that understands their VA education benefits and a solid career resources program.
When veterans are looking for a university to fit their needs, they should be asking these questions.
Is There Extra Financial Support Available?
Veterans leave the military with varying amounts of educational benefits. Most veterans have the Post-9/11 GI Bill available, but some have transferred or used it already. If a college is military- and veteran-friendly, they will be upfront about their financial support offerings. Many colleges and universities offer specific military and veteran scholarships. Others have programs that reduce the tuition for veterans.
Can Someone Help Me with My VA Benefits?
Many veterans are using some benefit from the VA while attending college. Some may be healthcare benefits, and others may be using educational benefits. The main thing to look at when you decide on a university is whether it accepts VA benefits -- not all of them do. The GI Bill Comparison Tool from the VA allows you to research which universities accept benefits, how much you'll receive from the VA for that school, and what other veterans have reported about the university or program you're interested in.
What Kind of Career Services and Resources Do They Offer?
When it comes time to move on from your educational pursuits to your desired career field, the career services or resources center on campus is a great place to start. Advice from the career services office includes career counseling, resume tips and interview techniques.
The university should also have a job portal where students can look for employers, job postings, and hiring and career events. A strong alumni network is beneficial when veterans look for leads in their job search.
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