Choosing the right college or school is a big decision for anyone, but going back to school when you’re a military spouse may present additional challenges. It’s important to take time to assess your career goals, research occupations and consider earning potential and licensure requirements, which may slow the process of finding work when you move to a new location.
Your education is a major investment, and it’s important to do your homework to find the best option to fit your mobile military life. Consider using the following tools as you research your options and choose the school that is right for you.
- Prepare for College: Choosing a School – Gain an understanding of how to get started choosing a school. You may want to visit schools (in person or virtually) or attend a college fair as you research more about the different types of schools.
- College Navigator – Search for potential schools by location, degrees offered, program majors, tuition and fees, and more.
- College Affordability and Transparency Center – Find information on tuition and fees for public, private, two-year and four-year programs. You can also search for vocational programs and receive the tuition and net prices from schools that offer those programs.
- Find a school that is right for you – Learn how to find schools in your state that offer the education, license or credential you need with this interactive infographic.
When selecting a school, remember that frequent relocations may require you to transfer your credits to a new school. Make sure to research the transferability of credits and explore options for distance learning in case you move to a new duty station before you finish your program of study. Consider contacting your installation education office to learn about colleges that provide satellite programs with agreements for transferring credits to all installation locations. Visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, locate your installation and then select 'Adult Education Centers' in the 'Select a program or service' drop-down menu for more information.
Tuition is one of the major costs postsecondary education. Tuition costs vary depending on the type of institution—public, private, two-year or four-year. When you’re planning for your education, it’s essential to compare the tuition costs among the institutions that fit your education and career requirements. Making this comparison will provide you with valuable information to help you make an informed decision about the institution that offers the best value.
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship program to help cover the costs for licenses, certifications or associate degrees to pursue an occupation or career field. You can find additional information on MySECO about:
For additional assistance on education planning, call a SECO career coach at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on MySECO.