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Tips for Finding Online Colleges with Benefits for Military Spouses

There are programs designed specifically to aid military spouses in completing education programs. Aditionally many schools offer financial aid for military families.

Resources found online available for military spouses looking for online education include Military OneSource, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and the Military Academic Advancement Program. These resources are available to both active and non-active military members. Military spouses can also consult academic advisors.

Online College Benefit Programs for Military Spouses

There are a number of ways for military spouses to find online colleges that are military friendly. Tips for finding these schools include checking benefit programs and military-based websites, as well as consulting academic advisors. Here are a few resources to consider.

Military OneSource

MilitaryOneSource.com is an online repository of information for members of the military and their families. Military spouses who are looking for information on education opportunities can go right to the Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO) section of this website. The site includes phone numbers and links to information on:

  • Tuition assistance
  • The GI Bill for spouses
  • The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) scholarship program

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) program website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, contains lists of SOC colleges with distance-learning options. The SOC Consortium is a group of colleges that agree to have flexible policies and online programs for military members and their families.

At SOC schools, students can earn either an associate's or bachelor's degree, in one of a specific set of subjects. Some of the associate's degree options include:

  • General business
  • Criminal justice
  • Computer studies
  • Psychology

Bachelor's degree programs are available in many subjects, such as:

  • Business administration
  • Information systems
  • Management
  • Homeland security

Military Academic Advancement Program (MAAP)

Military spouses can find fully-online undergraduate programs through the MAAP website. Also, military spouses who would like to complete a degree in the human sciences can participate in MAAP. This program of the Great Plains Interactive Education Alliance (IDEA) connects students with fully-online graduate programs in:

  • Family and community service
  • Family financial planning
  • Youth development

Consult Academic Advisors

Academic advisors have access to a wealth of career and education information, including information on benefits for military spouses. Academic advisors can help students select a MyCAA participating school and appropriate programs of study to coincide with MyCAA guidelines.

Through several online resources, as well as academic advisors, military spouses can find general educational information and get an idea of the military-friendly online programs that are available.

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