The Military works hard to support their personnel, and as you begin to head toward separation there are a number of different things you can do to prepare for your education. There are some things you need to be sure and remember, and making a list is a great idea. It is a good idea to sit down and give some thought to the issues that you want to maintain, and to ensure that you don?t drop a stitch. You should start about a year before you leave the military, to make sure that you will be prepared.
That way you can have a priority list, first second and third choices. Schools fill up so don?t wait too long, apply early in the period you wish to enroll in. Make your first set of contacts by telephone, and then in writing or in person, or ideally both. You should print out and keep handy a copy of your DD-214, which is your discharge paperwork, for you will use it often after you separate and begin your college career. Application- you need to begin to identify and apply to schools about six months before you get out of the military. They fill up often very fast, so it?s a great idea. Make sure that if you apply over the Internet that you print out a hardcopy for your own records. Make sure you take the time to seek out and visit with the veterans coordinator at the schools you seek acceptance at, they often can give you valuable hints and tips to use in your admission hunt. Transcripts: You should make sure you have a copy of all your transcripts, including your High school transcripts, and transcripts from any of your earlier college coursework. The actual timeline that you will operate under will be different and should be a little individual, as the timeline of each school tends to vary a little bit.
Deadlines: Make a list of the deadlines that you will be operating under, and know that among the written deadlines they tend to be the ones with less flexibility. Obtain a coy of Veteran?s form 22-1990; this is the form you will use to apply for Montgomery GI bill funds. If you are a little flexible then you will be ready for anything.
Figure out the deadlines for application and for class registration, and then set goals in advance of each, small achievable weekly and monthly goals of things to accomplish.