Have you ever tried to search “military education benefits” online? Immediately, you are given a full page of articles and websites promising information to help you with your benefits. Many of these sources are colleges and universities with flexible programs for military students. Others are commercial sites with lots of advertisements sprinkled with information catered to the military.
Who can you trust to give you the best information on your military education benefits?
The Department of Defense has 8 official websites dedicated to making sure that you can find the right information about your military benefits. Check out these official military education benefit websites to help you get started:
Military OneSource Voluntary Education
You may know Military OneSource for its information regarding military families, deployment support, financial management and legal issues. However, this site houses information for military members, their spouses and their dependent children with regards to education programs and benefits.
Military members can find information on:
- Accessing voluntary education benefits
- Selecting a college
- Financing college costs
- Preparing for college
- Resources, tools, and programs to support student success
Spouses are offered access to resources that:
- Support pursuing a college degree or certification
- Provide career counseling
- Help prepare for and connect to employment opportunities
Military parents can search for pre-K-12 and higher education resources for their children that include:
- Early childhood education readiness programs
- Special education services
- School transition
- College preparation and financial assistance
- The Military Extension Internship Program
- The Military Academic Advancement Program
For more information visit: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/education-and-employment
For more than 40 years, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) has provided quality educational opportunities for military members worldwide. With education programs that support active duty, Reserve, and Guard members, DANTES provides programs that help students:
- Identify individual education and career paths
- Improve math and English skills
- Assess readiness for online learning
- Compare colleges and universities
- Save time and money earning college credits
- Take college entrance and credit-by-examination tests
- Access quality educational institutions
- Receive tutoring support in difficult subject areas
Learn more about how DANTES helps service members achieve their goals at http://www.dantes.doded.mil
Troops to Teachers Program
The DANTES-sponsored Troops to Teachers (TTT) program helps service members and veterans begin a new career as a K-12 teacher. The TTT program website helps members understand:
- Program eligibility criteria
- How to apply for the program
- The benefits of receiving the program’s counseling and referral services
- State-specific teacher licensure and certification information
Interested military members and veterans can get additional information at http://www.proudtoserveagain.com/
Military Service Voluntary Education Websites
Each branch of the military offers their members comprehensive websites that display information, programs, resources and tools to support postsecondary education. Service members interested in using their voluntary education benefits can use their branch’s website to:
- Plan career and education options
- Choose approved partnership schools
- Talk to a professional military education counselor
- Fund college costs through tuition assistance and other financial help
- Connect to education resources that provide support to military students
Army Continuing Education – GoArmyEd
Soldiers have access to their Army education benefits through the GoArmyEd website. The site has tailored education information for soldiers, cadet students and Army civilians.
Soldiers should visit https://www.goarmyed.com/
Navy College Program
Sailors can receive a guided online experience when visiting the Navy College Program website. The website offers students information on the college process and working with the Virtual Education Center for support.
Sailors are encouraged to learn more at http://www.navycollege.navy.mil/
U.S. Marine Corps Voluntary Education
Marines have the opportunity to search for personal and professional learning opportunities through the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Foreword Voluntary Education website. The site informs students on counseling, workshops, testing, tuition funding sources and more.
Marines can find out additional information at http://www.usmc-mccs.org/services/education/voluntary-education/
Air Force Virtual Education Center
Airmen can receive an array of online education services through the Air Force Virtual Education Center. All aspects of pursuing voluntary education and credentialing opportunities can be explored through this site.
Airmen can get informed on the available opportunities by visiting https://afvec.langley.af.mil/afvec/home.aspx
Coast Guard Institute
Coast Guard members can view information on voluntary education program benefits and resources through the Coast Guard Institute website. The site divides the information into links that help students go to college, pay for college and take courses or tests.
To learn more, Coast Guard personnel should visit https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/cgi/
All 8 of these websites are tailored to provide military members with the official information they need to pursue a postsecondary college degree for career or transition success. Take time to visit these sites to learn more about education programs, benefits, resources, tools and other tips to help you reach your education goals.
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