Steps veterans can take now to help find the right university to attend

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Veterans, are you ready for school? Now is the time to do your homework!

Yes, there is homework prior to getting started. It involves a few calls, potentially some online documentation and most of all a bit of research! There are steps to take, but also there are questions to ask along the way.

STEP 1: Contact the VA and complete the FAFSA. The VA will help you to better understand what benefits and how many you have available and how to apply for them. This link will help: The FAFSA application may open grants and scholarship options you did not know were available.

STEP 2: Dig deep into what you want! Once you know what you have available, it is time to start asking yourself some questions regarding the degree that you want to pursue. What do I want to do? What do I like to do? What type of degree is best suited for my long-term goals?

STEP 3: Research the schools! There are many schools out there and most offer a variety of degree options. So how do you know what is best for you? Here are some basic questions to ask. Do they have advisors available to help you from start to finish? Are they regionally accredited? Do they offer credit for military service? Are there military rates or does the school participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program? If desiring a technical degree such as Cyber Security, does the school offer industry certifications?

When researching universities to attend, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), is one such school where the answer to all these questions is a resounding yes!  Other reasons why UMGC is the right choice for veterans and military-affiliated personnel:

UMGC is nationally recognized as a military and veteran-trusted university that understands military life and stands ready to empower members of the military community to succeed.

UMGC has a global footprint with more than 170 locations around the world. Its dedicated faculty and staff can be found on bases throughout the United States.

With more than 90 degrees, specializations and certifications mostly online, UMGC offers a variety of flexible learning formats. More than 20 locations in the U.S. have hybrid learning. Locations in Europe and Asia offer on-site classes.

UMGC is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and one of the 12 member institutions of the University System of Maryland.

In addition, UMGC has Military Education Coordinators (MEC’s) at military and civilian locations around the globe who are ready to assist veterans to reach their higher education goals!

Find out more about how UMGC’s accredited degrees, certifications and other benefits to veterans could be the right school for you!

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