As a Veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous GI Bill programs. Once you’ve decided to use your GI Bill benefits it’s important to choose the proper school and type of training. VA’s decision-making tools will help you get the most from your benefits.
Explore your options at the following pages:
- Assess your aptitudes and interests with CareerScope®
- Compare VA education benefits and review payment rates
- Choose a school or education program and estimate your benefit amount
- Learn how other Veterans benefited from VA education benefits
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program has two key goals. First, to assist the service-disabled veteran to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment. Second, for those persons who are severely disabled and that gainful employment is not an option, assistance may be provided to allow that person to live more independently in his or her community. To obtain information about Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services, please go to http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/emp_resources.htm.
For services that may be provided by the VR&E Program, learn more about eligibility and entitlement at:http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp
Resources for Veterans
Accredited Schools Online: Education On Your Time
- Turning Your Military Skills into a Career
- Guide to Trade & Vocational Schools
- Vocational Careers Guide
- Guide to Higher Education for Veterans & Their Families
- AffordableColleges.com - With more than a million veterans now attending colleges across the country, they make up a noticeable percentage of students on campuses. However, 85% of these men and women are older when they start than the traditional college student is on graduation day. As a consequence veterans may not have access to the pool of scholarships a recent high school graduate does. To help in their search for scholarships, we offer resources for scholarships for military, veterans, and their families and spouses.
- Affordable Colleges Online - Distance learning is here to stay. Initially on the fringes of formal education, online colleges, courses and degree programs have quickly become mainstream. Even traditional campus-based institutions have incorporated online learning into their curricula. In 2013, seven million college students — nearly 50 percent of all those enrolled — took at least one online class, with an estimated 20 percent earning an entire degree program remotely. The Sloan Consortium reports that 74 percent of today’s academic leaders rate the educational outcomes of online learning as equal to or superior to those of face-to-face systems. More recruiters than ever before are embracing online credentials.
- Attending College While in the Military - An In-Depth Guide to the Advantages of Going to College While Serving. Today’s military branches know the value of education and as a result have taken steps to assist with getting and paying for a post-secondary education while still serving one’s country. This guide details the realities of going to school while serving, enrollment options, sources of financial aid only available to military members, and a select list of resources that are helpful if considering or currently going to school while a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
- Best Accredited Colleges For Students with Disabilities - We have put this guide together to help disabled students better understand their rights and responsibilities in regard to a postsecondary education. You will also find useful tips and information for locating the college or university program that best suits your needs.
- Career in Military Social Work - Introductory Guide to Military Social Work: Military social workers work with active military service members and veterans to help them address and manage the social, emotional, psychological, and familial challenges they may face as a result of their job. Military social workers also provide counseling and support to the families of current and former service members, and can work in a wide array of settings ranging from military bases and medical facilities to VA Centers.
- Collegedegreesonline.com - Find the Top College Degrees Online - Figuring out which degree to pursue can be a difficult decision. College Degrees Online is here to help with that process. We have gathered hundreds of thousands of data points through the US Department of Education, NCES, every accrediting board in the US, and referenced the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and various program specific accrediting boards to become the best resource researching degrees online and on campuses across the nation. We recommend starting by selecting one of the top programs of study, or with the College Degree Guide to find universities offering degrees with a specific area of study or in specific states. We have tried to make it as simple as possible for you to quickly and efficiently find all of the available degrees at colleges in the US.
- Christiancolleges.com - Financial Aid for Military and Veterans: The U.S. government and many private organizations provide financial aid for active-duty military. Following the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the drawdown of overseas military personnel, many service members and veterans are using their military benefits to seek higher education in the United States. Many Christian colleges and other higher education institutions have developed military-friendly policies that include tuition discounts, trained - financial aid counselors, and distance education programs specifically for active-duty personnel. These colleges may also offer scholarships for military dependents.
- Detroit Training Center VA Certified Training - We offer VA Certified and GI BILL Approved funded programs with job placement available. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for our free orientation for the following programs: CDL-A, Blight Removal, Heavy Equipment Diesel Mechanic, and Construction.
- Davenport University: Military & Veteran Services - Davenport University is a Yellow Ribbon school and has been awarded Gold Star status as a Military Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).
- Funding Your Education with ROTC - An Expert Guide to Scholarships, Educational Benefits and Service Commitments of Collegiate ROTC Programs
- Guide to ROTC Programs and Scholarships - The Reserve Officer Training Course, which is usually abbreviated as ROTC was developed with the intention to allow people who want to serve in the military do not miss the opportunities that are offered by the college education. In fact, obtaining the diploma opens perspectives for career growth as a skilled officer. Basically, the applicants who are awarded the ROTC scholarship are required to serve in the military for a certain period upon graduation. They receive coverage of the college education instead and should join additional ROTC training courses dedicated to military career training and leadership development. The ROTC programs are available in multiple colleges and universities across the country and one can choose the specific program that meets all expectations.
- Guidebook for Veterans Pursuing an MBA - Choosing an MBA degree program is an important educational and career decision. After all, an advanced degree serves as a key to career advancement – with the company, position and experience being other factors. Just the difference in starting wage between having an undergraduate and MBA degree is significant – $54,000 versus $70,000 (minimum) respectively. Graduates from the top MBA programs start at six figures right out of school. Run the salary difference between the two types of degrees out over a 30-year career and the number is staggering. Before making that kind of money is possible, the first mission is choosing an MBA program. While only you can make the final choice, here is a thought-provoking checklist to help you arrive at a decision.
- Grantham.edu - Helping Military Heroes Earn Their Degrees! Since 1951, Grantham University has been devoted to helping military veterans and service members earn quality education in the most convenient, affordable manner. Designated in 2019 as a Purple Heart University, we remain committed to enhancing the lives of military veterans after transitioning to civilian life. To honor your service, Grantham offers a special Heroes Program, offering military active duty, veterans and families a reduced $250 per credit hour tuition for any of our 50+ undergraduate or graduate degrees and certificates. Plus, all textbook, software and technology fees are waived.
- Helping You Find The Best College - Bestcolleges.com - Explore their school database, rankings, financial aid, perspectives in education, and resources.
- Higher Education Guidebook for Veterans - Veterans going to college for the first time face a wide range of challenges. Before classes begin, there’s pressure to find the right school, navigating the new GI Bill, and making sure all necessary materials have been organized and submitted. After D-Day, there’s fitting in socially, staying afloat financially, and working toward a degree that offers true career potential. Also, students who saw combat might have medical issues to deal with, such as PTSD, or need special accommodations on campus to help with travel to and from the classroom. To help current (and aspiring) student veterans and their families, check out this comprehensive guidebook.
- Mesothelioma.net - Danziger & De Llano, LLP, is now offering qualifying college students the chance to win a $2000 scholarship for detailing their personal experiences either living with cancer or watching a loved one battle cancer. We hope to offer this financial assistance to help one deserving student meet his or her academic goals. Any student who has lived with and fought against any type of cancer, not limited to mesothelioma, is welcome to apply. We also encourage any students who have watched a family member or close friend go through the experience of fighting cancer. They are accepting applications for the next fall semester with a deadline of August 15, 2017. We will award one scholarship this September 2017.
- Scholarships for Veterans - They have reviewed the most appealing options and prepared a list of relevant veteran scholarships and grants.
- TheBestSchools.org -TheBestSchools.org is an independent organization comprised of a dedicated group of educators, professionals, and authors providing the best resources and advice to assist learners through every step of their education, into their careers, and toward sustainable lifelong learning.
- Veterans Guide to a Criminal Justice Degree - Many veterans see public service careers as a way to keep serving their country after getting out of the military. One field frequently chosen by veterans is criminal justice. While people may think of a police officer or security guard, the criminal justice field includes jobs as diverse as bailiffs, paralegals, park rangers and forensic accountants. This guide describes degree options and career paths within criminal justice and outlines resources for veterans to pay for school, find jobs and transition to the civilian workforce.
- Vocational and Trade School Degrees for those with Disabilities - The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disabilities as any physical or mental impairment substantially limiting one or more major life activities. Individuals with disabilities need not be limited thanks to the wide range of assistive technologies and adaptive tools that can help in educational and workplace settings. Browse potential vocational careers and assistive tools for people with different disabilities on our site.
- Vocational and Trade School for Veterans - Resources for turning your military skills into a civilian career.
- WUCFTV. VeteransComingHome.org - Continuing your education and career after military service can be an intimidating prospect. Choosing a school and getting all of your benefits requires you to weigh many factors including cost, distance, time, and of course – paperwork. All of these details can make the idea of getting your degree seems intimidating and many will wonder whether it’s worth the time. When you consider the generous benefits available to veterans, however, you’ll typically find that it’s worth your time to continue your education and finish that degree.
Online education used to be reserved for students enrolled at for-profit colleges and universities. Yet today, hundreds of schools with full accreditation make quality online learning a reality for millions. The following links are helpful resources for our veterans and families: