If you are a veteran of the US Military you can be proud of the time you spent serving your country. At the same time, you must begin to look towards the future. For many, this means attending college. No matter if this is your first stint in college or you are attempting to earn an advanced career, there are several things you can do to make the most of this situation.
The following five tips are simple to follow and will do wonders for you during the application process:
1. Begin to apply sooner rather than later. The longer you wait the more pressure you are putting on yourself. You can find application requirements and deadlines on the school?s website.
Note: you are allowed to apply to more than one school at the same time.
2. Is there an on campus veteran?s office? If so, you need to speak with the appropriate party as early in the process as possible. Remember, you are entitled to many financial benefits such as the GI Bill.
3. Apply for all types of financial aid. No matter if you are a veteran or not, you are able to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This aid can include student loans, grants, and/or work study.
4. Don?t overlook third party grants and scholarships. There are many organizations, outside your college, that offer financial aid. These are awarded on a variety of factors, including your military service.
5. Connect with other veterans who are attending the same school. While not the case on all campuses, many have a veteran?s center at which you can meet others in the same shoes as you. You can meet other veterans to talk about your past experiences, future goals, and much more.
Does your school lack a veteran?s center? If so, get in touch with the Student Veterans of America to help form a chapter. This is a great way to get involved while helping yourself as well as many others.
Going from Military life to college life is not always as simple as it sounds. This is a big change that will take some getting used to. Although you may not fully understand what you are getting into, attending college is a big step that is sure to pay off in the long run.
By following these tips, you will have an easier time applying to college as a veteran.