1. College Scorecard – Provides information which can be used to compare different institutions nationally https://collegescorecard.ed.gov
2. College Navigator – Includes information specific to individual higher education institutions pertaining to admissions details, program information, retention rates, varsity sports, as well as important numbers and address http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
Career and Personal Goal Resources
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook – Provides job descriptions, pay and employment projections http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
2. Kuder Journey – Provides a quick assessment of your skills and abilities and provides suggestions for career and educational choices http://dantes.kuder.com
GI Bill Search
1. Department of Veteran Affairs – Provides information regarding VA benefits https://www.va.gov
2. GI Bill Comparison Tool – Provides key information about colleges, including cost analysis (tuition/MHA)
3. Yellow Ribbon – Additional funds available to apply towards tuition (currently only for veterans and dependents of veterans) https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/yellow-ribbon-program/
1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid – Information provided on grants, loans, and work-study options (complete the application from the site) http://fafsa.ed.gov/
Also please see the attachments.
1. Forever GI Bill Fact Sheet (revision to the Post 9/11 GI Bill)
2. Post 9/11 Gill updates/changes
Henry Arnold Education Grant: https://www.afas.org/general-henry-h-arnold-education-grant/ Application for this education grant ($500 to $4,000 based on need) is available now…deadline to apply is 30 April 19 for the 2019-2020 academic year. The general Air Force Aid Society web site is: https://www.afas.org Once there, just scroll down and click on “Education Support” and learn more about the Merit Scholarship and Supplemental Education Loan Program as well.
-MySECO: Spouse Education and Career Opportunities through Military One Source. https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/ Take advantage of the Career Coaching Services and various career assessments such as Myers-Briggs, Entrepreneur Edge, Strong Interest Inventory, etc. The Career Coaches are 100 percent “Certified” and have Master’s Degrees. They have various coaching packages available.
-MyCAA: My Career Advancement Account. https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa Provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. Spouses of service members on active duty must be in the pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2. I encourage spouses to call the career coaches through Military One Source for more information: 1-800-342-9647.
For help with professional license information: https://www.veterans.gov/milspouses Scroll down the page and click on “Text Version – Military Spouse License Transfer Options.” From there it will take you to your individual state for assistance.
Also, don’t forget about the America’s Job Centers. www.servicelocator.org They are located all over the country and can provide employment services, resume assistance, training & education information.
-Your local Base Spouses Club
Beale Spouses Club:
-National Military Association: NMFA awards can be used for a variety of educational and employment pursuits. Scholarship funds on average are $1,000 and can be used towards degrees, certifications, licensure, clinical supervision for mental health licensure, CEUs, business expenses and more! Any spouse with a valid military ID is eligible. https://scholarships.militaryfamily.org/offers/nmfa-spouse-scholarship/
-Military Officers Association of America (MOAA): MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. We are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers.
-Hope for the Warriors: The Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Program identifies, recognizes, and rewards post-9/11 spouses/caregivers for their strength, fidelity, and resolve despite adversity. Scholarships aid in continued education at a reputable, accredited university, college, or trade school for spouses/caregivers as they assume critical roles in the financial well being of their families.
-The Tillman Scholarship Program: The scholarship assists with academic expenses, and can be used for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books. Tillman Scholars can expect an average award of $10,000.
-Veterans United Foundation: The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship creates opportunities for family members of service members and Veterans to achieve their educational dreams. The scholarship program, launched in 2012, is funded by contributions from Veterans United Home Loans and its employees. The Veterans United Foundation Scholarship will be awarding up to 10 one-time scholarships for up to $50,000 for this upcoming semester. https://www.enhancelives.com/scholarships?fbclid=IwAR3cASeZfJ_MLQ2bylB9HwqBNSo6rKdkrwzl35_EWPxBwX3vUX5Z1yxk26E
-Taco Bell Foundation, Live Mas Scholarship: That’s right! The Live Más Scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. No essays, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. We’re looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers who want to make a difference in the world. https://www.tacobellfoundation.org
-Air Force Aid Society: https://www.afas.org/how-we-help/education-support/
-List of other scholarships and grants:
-Linked In: LinkedIn believes every military veteran can go on to do great things. That's why we're proud to support the military and veterans community. As you launch the next stage of your career, or as your family moves from base to base, we’re offering eligible service members, veterans and military spouses one year of free access to LinkedIn Premium and LinkedIn Learning.
-Military Spouse Corporate Career Network: The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that focuses on: Employment readiness training programs, job placement solutions, and no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses, and caregivers to war wounded heroes.
-Blue Star Families Spouse Force: https://bluestarfam.org/for-mil-families/careers/spouseforce/?fbclid=IwAR0UL_9jtRHQp4ylUFmBHgddZDeh5fdl8VBvUT9YbP7az0AxtCDzeJbEvUw
-Other options to consider
Post-9/11 GI Bill: If your uniformed spouse has unused Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits that won't be used, get your spouse to transfer those benefits to you (or other eligible family members).
In-state tuition benefits: If you are the spouse of a military service member who is on active duty for more than 30 days, you are eligible to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state where you reside or are permanently stationed. Once you are enrolled and paying that in-state tuition, you will continue to pay it at that rate as long as you remain continuously enrolled at that institution, even if your service member is reassigned out of state.
Federal student aid: The U.S. government wants to help you achieve your educational goals, and the Department of Education should be one of your first resources to check out. Even if you believe your family earns too much to quality for any funding, go through the drill of filling out the FAFSA.
Your employer: If you currently are employed, make sure you are aware of and use any educational monetary support your employer is willing to assist with for professional advancement.
Finally, if a higher education degree is not for you at the moment, make sure you check out Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families for an array of no-cost certification programs. http://www.moaa.org/Content/Publications-and-Media/Features-and-Columns/Education-Features/Higher-Education-Scholarships,-Grants,-and-Tips-for-Military-Spouses.aspx