Veterans education is a responsibility we take seriously. Across campuses, NAA held Veterans Day celebrations on November 12, 2018 to honor the students and staff members who have served our country. It is our privilege to give thanks and, moreover, establish a Veteran-friendly culture in every way that we can.
At NAA, we understand the vital role that education plays in the transition back into civilian life. Taking the time to make use of your Veterans education opportunities is often key to future successes beyond military service. That said, every school, even ours, is not the right fit for every person… so we put together some tips for choosing a Veterans education program that is right for you:
1. Find your “Fit”
What do you love doing? What do you want to dedicate your time to? And what do you want schools to be like? Consider size, programs of study, locations, financial aid, student support services, proximity to VA healthcare, etc. Find schools with high graduation and placement rates for graduates in their field.
2. Consider Culture
Not all schools are created equal. Some are better suited for military veterans. When researching schools, consider if there a militarily-friendly culture. Does the school offer resources and support to Veterans? Seek out those with a reputation for being extra helpful to active-duty service members and Veterans. Military-friendly schools will make it no secret that they offer additional benefits and flexibility, and will sometimes even waive requirements that have been met during your service.
3. Location, location, location!
Think about where you live now, where you can attend college due to proximity or cost and where you want to live in the future. If you are interested in living somewhere different, or specific, see if there is job placement available in those areas after graduation.
4. Take Advantage of the Education You Have EARNED
You have your education benefits, don’t ignore them! Education can be costly – so work with your VA to determine exactly what benefits you qualify for before you start your school search. This will help you narrow your choices based on price. If your benefits don’t cover all of your chosen program costs, then don’t forget to complete your FAFSA to determine what other grant and loan programs will cover you.
For more information, check out our content specific to Transitioning Military. Our sincere thanks to ALL who have served.