The sacrifices made by the members of the U.S. military are unparalleled, so it is good to see schools whose efforts to help those who serve in the American uniform fulfill their academic aspirations are also unparalleled. So called “military friendly colleges” are helping offset some of the burdens thrust upon military personnel due to the government shutdown. The services offered by these schools are sorely needed at this moment.
According to a report by “Real Clear Politics,” the government shut has placed education funding for military personal in peril. The report reveals that a law that was enacted prior to the partial government shutdown that has affected thousands of government workers, protected the pay of military personnel; however, the funding for educational programs for military personnel and their families was not a part of the law. The funding for educational programs and military pension funding emptied out at the end of October.
Military Friendly Colleges
Fortunately, there are military friendly schools that can help bear some of the load levied because of the shutdown. Military friendly colleges are schools that consider the challenges that military personnel face when seeking to obtain degrees. Because of the unique challenges that service members face, it can be quite a challenge to integrate college studies into an already hectic schedule. These type of schools create programs and systems that allow students who serve in the military to actively pursue their academic aspirations without interfering with current military responsibilities.
Programming Designed for Active Duty Personnel
Being on active duty in the military creates some specific challenges in maintaining a normal course of study in a school environment. For example, active duty personnel can be deployed on a moment’s notice. Military friendly colleges take these type of situations into consideration and develops programs that will allow for these situational issues.
Online and On Ground Campuses
For those who do well working at their own pace, online campuses will work exceptionally well. Studying online creates the flexibility necessary for someone actively serving in the military to engage and manage their studies.
Whether these students are looking to develop skills that will serve them once they leave active duty or they are looking to advance in their military career.
Military friendly schools offer tuition assistance for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers. This is definitely a plus, considering the absence of funding from the government at this moment. These individuals can apply for tuition assistance online from anywhere at any time. There are even scholarship programs that are made available to those that qualify. Again, the goal is access. Military personnel can work directly with a tuition assistance counselor to ensure that they receive the necessary funding to further their education.
The shutdown has impacted a number of military centered funding programs, but hopefully military friendly schools help ease some of the burden placed on members in the military by the partial shutdown of the government.
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