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The U.S. Military offers one of the best benefits you could want from a job: they give you money for an education. Through the G.I. Bill, soldiers get money to use for college. But one of the drawbacks of life in the military is moving around, sometimes frequently, making it difficult to schedule classes or keep up with class work. One answer may be online degrees.

There are thousands of programs online that offer degree programs but before you choose one you should do your "home work" and research the programs available to you. Like in every business there are plenty of places that are just interested in taking your money.

Here are some questions to ask before you pick an online school:

  • Is the school operating with the supervision of the state or professional agency?
  • Does the school have a high level of standards? Are they just handing out diplomas?
  • Do you have to attend actual classes online? Or do you simply send your money and receive your diploma?
  • Is the online school authorized for Tuition Assistance, the GI Bill or Federal Financial Aid.
  • Is the school accredited by a legitimate education agencies or the U.S. Dept. of Education? Ask for credentials. Ask for the teacher's degrees.

The benefits of an online degree are very enticing. You can attend classes from your own home and at your own schedule. There are several respected schools that provide online courses and specifically cater to the special needs facing soldiers in the military. The benefits range from convenience to lower tuition costs.

Here is a quick list of benefits to attending school online:
  • Attend class from anywhere.
  • Learn at your own pace.
  • Attend class anytime. Classes are often 24/7.
  • Access course materials online. No need to buy books or visit libraries.
  • Large selection of degrees available.
  • Excellent selection of schools.
  • Lower cost than traditional tuitions.

Some of the degrees available online include:
  • Undergraduate Certificates
  • Associate Degrees
  • Bachelor Degrees
  • Graduate Certificates
  • Master's Degrees
  • MBA Programs
  • Doctorate Programs


There is a special program available to military personal called "DANTES" (Defense Activity Non-Traditional Education Support Click for more info on DANTES) geared towards helping military personel continue their education. DANTES external degrees allow military personnel to earn accredited online degrees from institutions like University of Phoenix Online, DeVry University Online and Saint Leo University. Here is a list of schools that offer the DANTES program:

Online Associate's Degrees

Online Bachelor's Degrees

Online Master's Degrees

MBA


Please visit the Army.com Online Degrees Information Center to browse by school or degree program.







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