College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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THE ACADEMIC ROAD FROM MILITARY TO MANAGEMENT beginning or continuing their postsec- ondary education. To receive the maxi- mum benefi ts from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, veteran and active service members must select a college that understands the chal- lenges presented by the Bill and has the expertise to manage the benefi ts it offers. For example, a qualifi ed college will help military students utilize programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program. This pro- gram is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that is designed to help students avoid up to 100 percent of the out-of-pocket tuition and fees that may exceed GI Bill tuition benefi ts. A military-friendly college will help veteran and active service members receive additional funds through this pro- vision without additional charges to the student's entitlement. By helping military students navigate processes and utilize benefi ts like the Yellow Ribbon Program, schools can streamline the administra- tive aspects of degree programs for these students. Military-Friendly Colleges Offer Supplemental Programs In addition to assisting military stu- performance sloan white also comes in A full line of vitreous fixtures engineered and built exclusively for commercial use Maximum performance at any flush volume The perfect partner to our industry leading flushometers and faucets From the leader of energy- and water- efficient commercial restroom solutions Scan with Smart Phone for more information www.sloanvalve.com dents with understanding and leveraging the Post-9/11 GI Bill and its provisions, colleges should provide additional accom- modations for veteran and active service members. Military-friendly colleges will accept College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) and/or DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) exams for cred- it, and many will accept military training and experience for credit through the American Council on Education (ACE). Colleges may also offer military students benefi ts such as tuition discounts; in-state tuition without residency requirements; fee-waived applications; fl exible schedules through evening, weekend, and online courses; and reenrollment without pen- alty for military students who are called to active duty. Furthermore, military-friendly col- leges are often part of the Servicemem- bers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System, an organization that works to provide educational opportuni- ties to military students who, because of frequent relocation, have diffi culty com- pleting their college degrees (according to www.soc.aascu.org). These colleges may also participate in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA), a program that provides up to $4,000 (over two years) of fi nancial assistance for military spouses pursuing degree pro- grams, licenses, or credentials that lead to employment in portable career fi elds (ac- cording to Military.com). On-campus or 60 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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