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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 February 19, 2013 by

Vote for CollegeRecruiter.com in About.com Reader’s Choice Awards

I’m proud to announce that CollegeRecruiter.com has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 About.com Reader’s Choice About.com Reader's Choice Finalist AwardAwards.  CollegeRecruiter.com has made it onto the final ballot for the best job site for students.  Between February 19 and March 19, readers can vote for their favorite job and career sites and blogs and the winners will be announced by About.com guide, Alison Doyle, on March 27th.

The About.com Reader’s Choice Awards showcase the best job and career websites and apps for job seekers and career changers. CollegeRecruiter.com is the only career site to have won the prestigious WEDDLE’s Award for Best Job Boards six years in a row and I’d love to add the About.com award to that list. These awards help us serve even more job seekers than the millions we do each year as the provide a sense of comfort to those who may not be familiar with us. Job seekers like any other user of any other site want to use reputable sites and these awards help them determine which niche job boards are reputable. (more…)

Posted December 07, 2012 by

3 Things You May Not Know About Financial Aid For Veterans

CollegeRecruiter.comThe following post explains three things about financial aid that military veterans should keep in mind.

I recently separated from the Navy after 10 years of active duty service. Shortly after separation, I decided to go back to college. I knew that I had Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that I could use, but there were a few things I didn’t know.

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3 Things You May Not Know About Financial Aid For Veterans

Posted November 27, 2012 by

VA Offers Training Program for Veterans

CollegeRecruiter.comMilitary veterans trying to get back into the workforce can apply for a VA training program, which could lead to future job opportunities.  The following post has more information.

According to a Department of Veterans Affairs press release, 45,000 applications have been approved for the Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed veterans who want to upgrade their skills for high-demand jobs. Another 54,000 slots will be available in FY 2013. VRAP aims to train 99,000 veterans over the next two years in over 200 job skills that the Department of Labor has determined are the most sought-after by employers.

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VA Offers Training Program for Veterans

Posted April 16, 2012 by

Why Hiring a Veteran is Good for Your Organization as Well as the Country

Army soldier carrying textbooksThere’s been a lot of media attention recently to the hundreds of thousands of bright, energetic, decisive, and honorable veterans who are transitioning out of the military and into the civilian world.

I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with a number of leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs about their work in helping these veterans and we’re even more fortunate to be partnering with the VA to help with this most important initiative. The work the VA is doing should make us all proud. Many in the public and private sectors are doing tremendous work. The leaders in both sectors understand that hiring a veteran is good for the veteran but also makes good business sense. (more…)