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Why Veterans Shouldn’t Stop at an Associate’s Degree

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Why Veterans Shouldn’t Stop at an Associate’s Degree

There are benefits to going beyond a 2-year associate’s program.  when (depending upon your service) you have the opportunity to enroll in a 4-year bachelor’s program paid for with your GI Bill benefits? Furthermore, an individual with a bachelor’s degree will make more money than someone with an associate’s degree.

Why Veterans Are Shying Away from Getting a Bachelor’s Degree

The most common reasons for not going after a bachelor’s degree from student veterans interviewed:

    1. “Based on how I performed in high school, I wasn’t convinced I could succeed at a 4-year bachelor’s program.”
    2. “I’m only looking for a skilled trade for my career pursuits (welding, masonry, plumbing, etc.)”
    3. “I want to get my feet wet again in the education space before starting a 4-year program.”

Why You Shouldn’t Discredit a Bachelor’s Degree

These are all very valid concerns. However, let’s look at a different perspective: A bachelor’s degree will set you up for success in the civilian world, and if you can enroll in a 4-year program at no added cost, why not? We’ve addressed each of the aforementioned concerns below:

Due to your military service, you are uniquely positioned to apply the skills you’ve acquired to a degree program. Also, you can literally turn your military experience and training into college credit through the following:

Veteran-Friendly Bachelor’s Programs

Here are a few colleges and universities with a slew of military and veteran programming and assistance both on campus and virtually.  Promotional consideration has been given to paid partners of CollegeRecon.