One of the things I find most delightful are the times in my life when I am learning something new. I love to hear about the history of places where I’m traveling, or begin learning about a new skill or hobby. I guess the pull is being mentally engaged in something new. I’ve seen too many people quit their jobs and with no plan for what comes next, they grow old right before your eyes.
As a veteran, you may have access to programs that can help pay for your tuition. There are three types of federal aid: grants, work-study, and student loans. Federal student aid is need-based, and to find out if you’re eligible, you’ll need to pick up the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The VA’s education and training benefits are provided through the Post-911 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill and Survivors and Dependents’ Assistance. The Post-911 GI Bill offers benefits for service members and veterans attending educational and training programs taken at accredited colleges. Those benefits include:
- Up to 100% tuition and fee coverage
- A monthly living stipend
- Up to $1,000 per year for Books and Supplies
- A one-time relocation allowance
- The option to transfer benefits to family members
- Other benefits
In addition, you may find you qualify for a scholarship from a military professional organization and veterans’ service organizations. Some are needs based while others are awarded based on merit.
Whether you want to go back to school or just learn at your own speed about specific things you’re interested in, don’t ever stop learning. Challenge your mind…you’ll stay younger for it!