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Nontraditional Student Success

Understanding what it means to be a nontraditional student can help you make smart education choices. Explore various learning options and strategies for success.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of college students taking online courses continues to grow. To keep up with the demand, many colleges are now offering entire degree programs online. If the flexibility and convenience of online courses is the right decision for you, use Peterson's Distance Learning Program Search to identify an accredited and meaningful program. The Search Programs & Schools feature of My Career Advancement Account may also provide options for exploring institutions and the programs they offer.

Making the decision to attend a postsecondary education program outside of the traditional classroom can allow you to go to school while maintaining other aspects of your life. The MySECO website offers articles and resources that provide guidance on managing the challenges of postsecondary education. Time Management Tips gives you strategies for juggling school, work, home responsibilities and parenting; Create Your College Budget can help you compare college or career school expenses against your potential income and financial aid; and Study Tips for Different Learning Styles can help you identify your learning style and explore study methods that work best for you.

Visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS for local information and help on selecting the right institution for you. Select 'Adult Education Centers' from the list of programs and services, enter your installation or ZIP code, choose the radius you would like to search within and click ‘Search’ to find a point of contact near you.

If you need additional information related to picking a postsecondary program, you can visit the College Exploration section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO. You can also speak with a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance.

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