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Online Degree Recommendations

Veteran

Erik S. Schlacter Jersey City, NJ

Anyone out there have recommendations for online schools/universities that are Veteran-friendly?

7 January 2019 4 replies Education & Training

Answers

Advisor

Robert Jurasek Hollywood, FL

Dear Erik,

You might be interested in Thomas Edison State University (www.tesc.edu), Trenton NJ, as they have several programs designed for Veterans.

The university also is very good about granting credit for previous experience and military training.

Good luck with your degree, and thank you for your Service!

Sincerely,
Bob Jurasek

Advisor

Duke Khadan Sawh Keyport, NJ

Hi Erik,

The American Military University maintains programs which are veteran friendly. https://www.apus.edu. American Public University System - Official Site - 877-755-2787.
I did my Graduate Program there and found it to be most rewarding.

Good Luck.

Duke Khadan Sawh (US Army Retired)
BS, MA (Hon).

Advisor

David Andersen Alexandria, VA

Erik,
When you think of "veteran friendly" what is it you are thinking of? This is an important question because it impacts which type of school someone would recommend. Additionally, since you are looking for an online program, you may have difficulty taking advantage of all of the veteran resources unless you choose a school close to you.
The real question is what do you want to study? Then once we understand that, it is easier to give you some guidance on where you go to school.
David

Advisor

ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Erik,

Thank you for your question. I know there are a lot of lists out there with "Top Schools for Veterans" and they can certainly be misleading. I can only speak to my own experience with Arizona State University. I completed my degree there online and had zero complaints. I wasn't engaged in their veteran community much while I was in school, but everything else was top notch. The best part was having a success coach that would help with the adjustment to school and periodically check-in with you during the semester. It was also easy to schedule classes and make appointments with advisors over the phone.

In my experience it is better to find a school that has a good program that you are interested in verses one that is more military friendly. While that will play a role, it is only a small portion of your academic experience whether you are taking classes online or in person. Some schools will have more active chapters of their veterans groups and that is something you can look into as you identify the schools you are interested in. Schools that are more military tend to have a liaison in their student veteran office that you can reach out to and can answer questions you may have. You should be able to get a sense of how friendly that school is with the military from them, something that doesn't show up on the lists out there on the internet.

If you are using the GI Bill make sure to use the GI Bill comparison calculator: https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/
This will help you get a sense of the benefits you can expect from each school you consider. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Best,
Chris

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