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what method of further education is right for you?

These days, there are even more options when it comes to furthering your education. Do you attend a community college, a university or do you complete an online virtual college course? What method of furthering your education will be most suited for you? I created this blog as I worked with my daughter to find the best way for her to obtain the degree that she wanted. We searched, interviewed and dug into all of the different methods of further education and have included it right here for you. Hopefully, the days and weeks that we spent researching will help you as much as it helped my daughter.




what method of further education is right for you?

Take Your Career To The Next Level With Your Veteran's Benefits

by Annette Miles

If you are a veteran, you may qualify for education benefits. These benefits may include tuition assistance for a college degree, but there are other benefits as well. Here is a look at the different programs sponsored by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Open New Employment Doors

Many professions recommend or require people to become certified. For example, a person can get a job as an auto mechanic as long as they know how to work with cars. However, becoming a certified mechanic will mean more job opportunities and a higher wage. The VA will pay up to $2000 for each certification test you take. However, you must pay for the test first and then submit proof for reimbursement. You can search for approved tests online.

Take Tests For Free

If college is your goal, you will likely have to take at least one national test for entry. Veterans Affairs will cover the cost of most national tests required by institutions of higher education. Here are just a few of the most popular ones that qualify for reimbursement:

  • SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
  • AP (Advanced Placement Exam)
  • CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
  • ACT (American College Testing Program)
  • DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
  • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • PLA (Prior Learning Assessment)
  • TECEP (Thomas Edison College Examination Program)
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
  • MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
  • OAT (Optometry Admissions Testing)
  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

The PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) can be taken online. You can also search an online database for other qualifying tests than those listed above. The VA will reimburse you for the cost of the test as well as any administrative costs or registration fees. However, they will not cover things such as practice exams or other optional expenses, such as paying extra to receive your scores electronically.

Jumpstart A Career With A Certificate Program

If you don't want to go the traditional college degree route, you can still get tuition benefits for a certificate program. These programs are relatively short in length but lead directly to a new career. Learning how to drive a semi and getting your CDL is a popular certificate program because it doesn't take much time and leads to a good paying job in a field that needs workers. Cosmetology school or emergency medical technicians are other popular certificate classes.

For more information on getting a certification for veteran benefits, contact your local veteran's office.