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Posted November 11, 2015 by

Three tips for military service members enrolling in higher education

Three tips for military service members enrolling in higher education

Tracey Thomas, making a difference in military service members' lives  at UACCB since 2003

Tracey Thomas, making a difference in military service members’ lives at UACCB since 2003

Understanding VA Educational Benefits

Military service members are often on “information overload” after exiting the military, so they may bypass or misunderstand information given to them. The best thing veterans can do after discharge is talk to a School Certifying Official about the process of accessing VA (Veterans Affairs) Education Benefits. Understanding how to access their benefits, the rules and regulations required for maintaining their benefits and how their benefits payout will help eliminate any misunderstandings and stress. This also allows service members to make informed decisions when presented with options and when deciding how best to juggle school, family, employment, and finances. Active, Reserve, and National Guard members face these same challenges plus a few more because they may qualify for tuition assistance and/or a state funded benefit, so learning the regulations and processes of multiple VA Education Benefits can be especially overwhelming. Navigating this process is not something students should attempt alone.

Don’t rush the process

Trying to jump into school a few weeks after discharge may cause unnecessary stress. It takes time for the Department of Veteran Affairs to process a new application, as well as other types of financial aid, so this will cause a delay in receiving financial assistance. Sometimes it’s better to delay enrollment for one semester, allowing service members adequate time to submit all required documents for college admissions offices; this also ensures all available financial aid is in place when enrolling. This prevents undue stress and frustrations, so service members and veterans can fully concentrate on successfully completing their classes.

Overload of courses

Since VA Education Benefits are limited (36-48 months), some service members try to take an overload of courses to complete their programs quickly. About a month into the semester, service members realize they took on too much when trying to juggle employment, family, and school. If classes are dropped, this may lead to overpayments of financial aid and/or their VA Education Benefits. Service members need to remember it is better to take an extra semester to successfully complete all courses stress-free than to fail or drop courses due to overload and possibly end up in overpayment as well.

Above all, service members should keep in touch with their local School Certifying Official(s) to receive prompt answers to questions, to avoid miscommunication regarding benefits, and to receive support and encouragement while on campus. We’re here to help.

 

Tracey Thomas, Assistant Registrar/School Certifying Official at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) since 2003, provides daily assistance to service members and their families in accessing their VA Education Benefits, informing them of VA requirements, certifying enrollment to the VA, providing academic advising, tracking attendance and progress, and offering a listening ear when they become frustrated or want to share their stories of success and accomplishment. Tracey also serves as a mentor for the School Certifying Officials in Arkansas. She says the best part of her job is helping service members and their families. “I feel we owe them for their sacrifices, so it’s important for me to give a little back.”

 

Posted March 10, 2015 by

College Enrollment – How It’s Trending

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University student ready on enrollment day. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Collegis Education has released a new tool that proves to be a nifty resource for both prospective students and college administrators alike. Designed to help people understand the trends impacting college enrollment, such as demographics and high school graduation rates, the tool helps users uncover nationwide trends in higher education. Although college enrollment declined for the second year in a row in 2013, high school graduation rates reached 81 percent nationwide in 2012. (more…)

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Online Education vs Traditional Education

As online education continues to grow, will traditional education take a back seat?  I doubt it because the campus experience in college is important for some students.  However, having the option of a more flexible and convenient way getting an education does give you something to consider.  In the following infographic, online education and traditional education go head to head. (more…)

Posted May 12, 2014 by

What You Should Know About Finding the Best Online Accredited Colleges

Are you considering getting a college education online?  If the answer is yes, then it may be important to you to find one that has earned national recognition.  In the following infographic, learn what you should know when it comes to finding the best online accredited colleges. (more…)

Posted April 23, 2014 by

Serving the Student-Customer

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Happy female student working on a laptop. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

A funny thing happened on the way to the student services office during the first week of classes. The long winding line of students had disappeared, replaced by small groups and individuals contentedly tapping away on their mobile devices.

Campuses today are serving a tech-savvy, always connected generation of students that is increasingly empowered to learn and communicate in a non-traditional way – on their own time using their own devices.  This culture of anytime, anywhere communication, with its accompanying expectation of a real-time response, is a challenge that higher education institutions across the country, including the The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, have met using an array of strategies. (more…)

Posted February 27, 2014 by

Why Big Wins are Good for Colleges But Bad For Potential Students

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A basketball next to a blank basketball tournament bracket. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

It’s almost time to start talking about this year’s NCAA Tournament — but not for the reasons you think. Turns out, enrollment often goes up once a school makes it into the Elite Eight or the Final Four, and while that’s good for the college or university in question, it’s less good for the matriculating first-year student hoping for individualized attention and a leg up on his or her peers. (more…)

Posted December 10, 2013 by

Crisis in Colleges: Where Are the Students?

People talk about the importance of getting a college education, but it seems that for one reason or another not as many students are going to college.  The following infographic highlights these reasons, along with other information related to the college crisis. (more…)

Posted September 24, 2013 by

Should Money Be a Factor in College Recruiters Attracting International Students to Their Schools?

While recruiting international students may be a goal at some colleges, should money be a factor in college recruiters attracting them?  The following post has more on this recruiting strategy.

Su Lau, an international student and School of Management sophomore, said she is from Peru and was not approached by an international recruiter while she was applying to colleges. “I definitely think it [recruiting…

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Posted September 12, 2013 by

MOOCs: Free Online Learning Courses

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College students using laptop computers in class. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You may have never heard about MOOCs before. If you are a college student or will be attending college in the near future, you might wonder what a MOOC has to offer you. Here is some pertinent information about MOOCs that you should know in order to discern if they are right for you . . . (more…)

Posted August 29, 2013 by

What Are the Fastest-Growing College Towns in the U.S.?

For millions of Americans, heading off to college represents a rite of passage and a grand adventure. College towns are vital, exciting places full of smart people and big ideas.

Some publications, like University Business, have speculated that the meteoric rise of online degree programs eventually could bring an end to the college town as we know it. But for now, the American college town remains a central hub of learning where the school reigns as a driver of economic activity and cultural pursuits.

If you want to see where the populations of college towns are exploding with students and non-students alike, you need to follow the sun: Warm, sunny areas in the South and West dominate our list of America’s Fastest-Growing College Towns, mirroring a shift in overall population trends. (more…)