Friday, July 31, 2015

6 Steps Veterans Should Take when Returning to School



As a veteran, you can be eligible for financial and other supportive benefits that help you return to school. Taking advantage of these benefits can seem daunting at first. But the more you know about the process, the less stressful it becomes. Here is an overview of the most important steps you should take to make informed decisions about going back to school, and how Peirce can help you complete them.

1.  Connect with your dedicated military enrollment representative, Karen Hun.  At Peirce, Karen is our expert on the process of returning to school for military members and veterans.  She can support you through the admissions process, help you figure out your benefits, guide you as you navigate financial aid, choose the degree program that is the best fit and select courses.  Karen’s worked with many veterans returning to school, and knows what it takes to ensure a smooth transition.  At Peirce, we have designated military focused representatives in admissions, advising, and financial aid, so you’ll receive wrap around support.  

 2. Apply for VA benefits. This is critical—applying for VA benefits kicks off your entire process for taking advantage of military education benefits. There are several ways to apply for VA benefits, including online and in person. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website to get started.  
   
2. Understand all your financial benefits. The biggest ways to receive financial benefits from your military service is through the VA’s GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.  Peirce College is a Yellow Ribbon School and SOC (Servicemembers’ Opportunity Colleges) approved school.  We also offer additional benefits through DANTES , which lets you earn college credit based on knowledge and experience obtained during and after service.

4. Apply for financial aid and scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial aid and scholarships available to veterans. Ask Karen about the assistance you’re eligible for. You can also search for other scholarships through resources including Military.com’s Scholarship Finder, U.S. Veterans Magazine, and Fastweb

5. Get to know the veterans support services available at Peirce. Veterans support services vary from school to school. Look for a college or university that offers many ways to succeed in your educational journey, such as military advisors in addition to academic advisors, a career center with staff dedicated to serving veterans, flexible degree programs, financial assistance, and a strong military community.

6. Determine whether taking classes online, on-campus, or both works best for you. Flexibility is often key to completing your degree program. In addition, some military benefits require you to take at least half of your classes on campus. The other half can be taken on campus or online. At Peirce, we offer both on-campus and online classes.  You’ll have the option to choose which format works best for your learning style and educational goals.  You can also combine both formats to find the best fit for your schedule.  

Looking for more information from here? Begin your journey and contact your enrollment representative Karen Hun today.