Preparing for Higher Education - The Essentials

You need a game plan for pursuing your higher education – one that includes practical steps like identifying online tools for comparing programs and schools, preparing for college admission tests, converting military experience to college credit, and exploring financing options and military tuition assistance. Military OneSource provides the information you need to get you from today to that moment you walk across the stage with your diploma in hand.

Pursue your advanced degree by taking these four steps:

Use smart tools for comparing schools and programs.

Deciding which college to attend is much easier when you have the right information. Compare schools and programs with smart tools like the College Navigator, which provides information on more than 7,000 postsecondary education institutions, and TA DECIDE, designed for participants of the Department of Defense Military Tuition Assistance Program.

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Prepare for college admission exams.

Get ready for some studying even before college begins. Most colleges and universities require admission exams with your application. The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, can help you prepare for enrollment and cover the cost of some of these academic tests. DANTES also offers college prep resources that can help you prepare for these admission exams, sharpen study skills, and identify your interests and aptitudes in choosing an area of study or career path.

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Convert your military experience to college credit.

The tests you endured in combat can count just as much as quizzes in a classroom. The Joint Services Transcript converts your military experience into civilian college credit, providing documented evidence to colleges and universities of professional military education, training and occupation experiences.

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Identify grants, loans and other assistance.

As a service member, you have several options that can help fund your schooling so that you can concentrate on studying, not paying the bills. The education consultants at Military OneSource can help you identify grants and other kinds of assistance – like federal loans, tax credits and deductions, and military tuition assistance.

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