Among the many benefits of serving in the military – pride, honor, discipline, etc. – you may be surprised to learn that there are academic benefits among those. Having military experience can be a very advantageous thing to put on your resume when you start thinking about the cost of school. The cost of tuition is, as you may know, steadily increasing. This means that free money in the form of scholarships and grants become even more crucial.
While there are literally hundreds and hundreds of scholarships out there where having a military background can improve your chances of being selected, there are also lots of scholarships that focus purely on military background. One of the coolest things about these scholarships is that there are even ones that your spouse can apply for too. Military Spouse Scholarships help spouses of former military personnel have an easier time paying for tuition. Better yet, there are even scholarships for children of former military personnel too. Having just one member in the family with a military background can potentially act as benefit for the entire family!
Another way having a military background can help is in the terms of loans. Chances are you won’t be able to pay your entire way through college without having to take out a loan of some sort; if this is you, don’t worry because a huge percentage of students are standing in your shoes! Most students have to take out an unsubsidized loan. Unsubsidized simply means that you have to pay the interest that accumulates over time. However, with a military background, you can potentially earn yourself a subsidized loan. These are loans offered by the government where the government pays the interest while you’re in college. It decreases the monthly bill and can really make a huge difference, however, these are not easily given out which is why having a military background can really sway your chances of getting one.
While it’s not very often where scholarships fully pay your way through college, is it possible. With that said it’s only possible if you put yourself out there and apply for as many as you can. It’s free money that will eventually be received by someone, so if you feel you have the credentials to get it then go for it!