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The expert guide shows you how to get the most from your military education benefits.

  • GI Bill Distance Education Basics and Benefits
  • Distance Learning for Active Duty Army Soldiers
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships for the Military
Military Tuition Assistance Affords Active Soldiers An Online Degree
Distance Learning for Active Duty Army Soldiers
By GetEducated Consumer Reporting Team   
One question active duty soldiers often ask regarding military education benefits:

“Will the military pay for me to earn my college degree online before I leave the service?”

The answer: Yes. {{ad91}}

“The way things are set up, almost any serviceperson should be able to get at least an associate degree while on active duty, because of the Military Tuition Assistance,” says Manfred F. Meine, professor of public administration at Troy University in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense program for active-duty military soldiers and personnel.

While provisions differ between branches of service, in TA provides benefits in general cover up to $250 per credit hour, with a maximum of $4,500 per year. Using these benefits active duty soldiers can potentially get a free college degree online while serving in the military.
Learn more about free military tuition assistance for online education
Online Colleges For Military Students
Distance Learning for Active Duty Army Soldiers
By GetEducated Consumer Reporting Team   
Military student enrolled in an online college tailored for him
You’re serving in the military, and you want to continue your education at an online college.

Problem: As a military student, you’re
facing an unpredictable schedule, at best. surveyed military advisors at online colleges to put together these helpful tips that showcase what to look for in an online college before you enroll.

Read four tips to help you pick an online military college
Distance Learning Courses Flex to Accommodate Military Students
Distance Learning for Active Duty Army Soldiers
By GetEducated Consumer Reporting Team   
Distance learning courses offer the flexibility active duty soldiers require

Five a.m. in Iraq and it’s time for Gunnery Sgt. Jose Rodriguez—a 34-year-old Marine
Reservist from Orlando, Florida—to get up, log onto his computer, and start his homework.

Like many active-duty soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rodriguez has chosen to fill his off-hours with distance learning courses. He is using the Internet to do this, getting his online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice through Strayer University.
Read more about ways technology and distance learning help military students
Will My Online School Credits as a Military Student Transfer?
Distance Learning for Active Duty Army Soldiers
By GetEducated Consumer Reporting Team   
Regional accreditation, rather than national, is more widely accepted
Military students who have completed distance learning college courses or in-service training may be in for an unpleasant shock when they attempt to transfer these online school credits to another college.

They may find that a new online university will not accept the online course credits or degr
ees they have completed.

The major reason? Accreditation.

Learn more about how to transfer your military credits
How To Use Your Veterans Education Benefits To Get A Free Online Degree
GI Bill Distance Education Basics and Benefits
By Consumer Reporting Team   
Military and Veterans Education BenefitsVeterans education benefits allow eligible military personnel to earn a degree online at very low-cost. Some vets can even earn a free degree by taking accredited online courses.

However, not all veterans education benefits are equal. Benefits vary, depending on where veterans live, and where they choose to attend school.  Special rules apply to distance learning programs as opposed to campus degrees.

Some veterans may be better off using the old Montgomery GI Bill (MGI bill), while others may receive more benefits using the newer, Post-9/11 GI Bill, which went into effect in 2009.

Here are 5 keys to understanding and using your military distance education benefits wisely. Use this checklist and you may be able to earn an online degree without paying a penny.

Learn how to get a free online degree using your military education benefits

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