Military Distance Education Benefits

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

Military Tuition Assistance Affords Active Soldiers An Online Degree
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. 

“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
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
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 MarineReservist 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?
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


By Consumer Reporting Team   
Military and Veterans Education Benefits
Veterans 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

National Military Families Association Scholarships for Military Spouses
If you are married to a service member, you may be eligible for online education scholarships awarded by the National Military Family Association.

Similar to the scholarship program, the association awards several $500 to $1,000 scholarships each year. The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to military spouses (including veterans, active-duty soldiers, and National Guard and Reservists). They can be used for spouses who are obtaining professional certification or to attend post-secondary or graduate online schools. 
Learn how you can earn an online college scholarship from the National Military Families Association...

Military Financial Aid for Spouses Can Equal Up To $6,000

Scholarships for military spouses and dependents could add up to $6,000 in free education money from the U.S. government.

In May 2009, the Department of Defense enacted the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program. This initiative pays up to $6,000 for post-secondary education (including distance learning), training, tuition, licensing and credentialing.

You are eligible to receive this benefit if you are a military spouse whose husband or wife has at least one year remaining on active duty and if you are pursuing education, training, or credentialing leading to employment in a "portable career field."{{ad85}}

Portable career fields are defined by the Department of Defense as: health services, information technology, financial services, trades, business/management, hospitality, homeland security, human resources, legal and education.

For more information, visit the MyCAA webpage.
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Capella University Military Tuition Discount
Capella University offers special military tuition discounts and financial aid to active duty personnel and their immediate family members, veterans, National Guard and reservists:
• 15 percent tuition discount on undergraduate online degree programs
• 10 percent tuition discount on graduate online degree programs
Read more on military tuition discounts offered by Capella University...

Western Governors University Online Military Scholarships
Western Governors University offers several military scholarships for online college.


These scholarships of up to $1,500 are designed to help members of the Reserves or National Guard attend college online to earn bachelor's or master's degrees in business, information technology, teacher education or healthcare. 
Learn more about online military scholarships at WGU...


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