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5 Steps to Prepare for Higher Education

Perhaps you’ve decided to pick up some new valuable skills. Maybe you’re leaving the service and need to re-create yourself. No matter why you’re pursuing higher education, you need a game plan — a course of action to get you from today to that moment you walk across the stage holding your diploma in hand. Here are some practical steps to take.

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Need Money for Higher Education?

Don’t think you can afford college? Think again. In addition to military tuition assistance and Department of Veterans Affairs education programs, numerous loans and opportunities are available to help you fund the next step in your education.

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Higher Education for Your Children – The Essentials

Military OneSource stands by your side with information and resources so you can support your child’s education. Military families have several options when it comes to financing your youth’s college or trade school education, including scholarships, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, education grants, loans and college savings programs. Your children’s goals are as important as your own, and Military OneSource has your back as you plan for this milestone.

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College Tuition and Taxes: What You Need to Know

Take advantage of tax savings if you are pursuing higher education. If you are a student or parent with an eye toward maximizing your tax deductions, make sure to connect with MilTax , Military OneSource tax services.

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Higher Education Is Costly: Military Service Can Keep it Affordable

The cost of higher education and the thought of taking on student debt can be overwhelming. Perhaps you don’t think college is right for you now and want to wait. The military has options to make education affordable – whenever you choose to attend.

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An Explanation of Education Advancement Exams

You’ve been tested before and have the determination it takes to study hard and be prepared. Doing so on education advancement exams, which assess your skills, can help you earn your degree faster. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, offers free or discounted tests for military members.

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Principles of Excellence — Protect Your Education Experience

The Principles of Excellence are designed to ensure a fulfilling educational experience, providing you with personal and professional development opportunities to assist in your military career and your transition to the civilian workforce. Furthermore, the principles protect service members from predatory and misleading behavior from educational institutions.

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The Joint Services Transcript for Military Personnel

When you convert your military experience into civilian college credit, you save time and money on your education. The Joint Services Transcript provides documented evidence to colleges and universities of professional military education, training and occupation experiences achieved by service members and veterans.

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Voluntary Education Contacts

Contact information for the Department of Defense service-specific Voluntary Education Program is provided to assist service members in contacting their respective education professionals, who can provide additional information and education support.

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How the Military Helps Pay for College and Job Training

The military is an honorable way for patriotic men and women to both serve their country and pursue a career. When it comes to education and career benefits, the military takes care of service members during, and after, their service. Of course, the military itself can be a rewarding career choice. But if they decide to move on, service members can access many tools, resources and benefits to successfully transition into civilian careers.

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How to Transfer Your Post9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits to Family Members

The Post-9/11 GI Bill gives generous education benefits to service members, and as an extra perk, you may share these benefits with your family. However, starting July 12, 2019, a recent change limits transfer of the benefit to service members with between 6 and 16 years of service. There used to be no upper limit on when you could transfer the benefit.

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Becoming an Officer in the Military After College

While it’s common knowledge that basic training sets recruits on the pathway toward becoming an enlisted service member, those with a desire for leadership opportunities and a bachelor’s degree can take another route into a military career – as a commissioned officer.

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Students With Special Needs: Transitioning to Adulthood

Exploring options, building a support network and self-advocating are steps students with special needs should take to prepare for their transition to adulthood.

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10 Reasons Why the Military Is a Great Career Choice

When your loved one decides to join the military, they’re taking an important step toward a great career path. As a parent, relative or significant other of someone who has joined the military – or is considering doing so – rest assured that there are many career and personal opportunities available to them.

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Military Families, Plan Now to Reach Your Financial Goals

You have a unique vision of what you want the future to look like. Maybe you want to buy a home, send your children to college or you’re looking toward retirement. When it comes to planning for your “some-day” expenses, they become a lot more attainable if you start planning and saving early.