Is more education in your future?

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Continuing your education may be a good investment in yourself. It may give you skills and knowledge that will help you in life, no matter what job or career you choose.

As a military member, military education benefits afford you many educational opportunities. Not only can you attend a four-year college or university, but other options include trade school, flight school, apprenticeships, certification programs, graduate school, and more.

Once you think you know what educational path you’d like to pursue, start reviewing your military educational benefits, and whether you’ll need additional funds. Then research what options are best for you, such as grants or scholarships, federal or VA work-study, or student loans.

But before you take out student loans, figure out how much money you actually need. You may be able to get by without a loan. Remember, a loan is money you’ll have to repay.

If you need civilian financial aid, talk to the schools or programs that interest you, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as you can, and renew your application every year you’re in school and need additional financial aid.

Remember these points

Education may help you:

  • Invest in yourself
  • Expand your career options
  • Increase your earning power

If you need financial aid:

  • Understand your military benefits
  • Search for scholarships
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Submit your FAFSA early. Renew yearly.
  • Borrow only what you need
  • Be prepared to repay 

And, remember that money is not the only factor to consider when comparing schools. Consider other factors, such as, whether the school:

  • Has a strong program in the subjects you’ll be studying
  • Has a good reputation
  • Has the kind of environment you think you’ll enjoy
  • Provides job placement assistance
  • Has a high percentage of graduates who were able to find jobs in their chosen career
  • Has support or organizations for veterans

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