Busted Myth of the Week: You Can’t Start College until You’re a Civilian

Barry Lenson

Busted Myth of the Week: You Can’t Start College until You’re a Civilian

Military Education BenefitsIf you're a member of the U.S. armed services, you might have heard the common misconception that you have to delay college until after you return to civilian life. Not so! In fact, a growing number of servicemen and servicewomen are discovering that it is possible to get a start on college studies while they are still in uniform by enrolling in online courses for college credit. Then when they return to civilian life, they can enter college with a head start over other veterans who put their educational goals on hold.

When you stop to think about it, there are many advantages to starting college while you are still in the military...

  • You can start right now. Traditional colleges require you to enroll in September or in January, at the time when their courses are forming. Online institutions like StraighterLine, in contrast, let you get started any time you want – even today.
  • You can take courses from anywhere you are stationed. Are you in Iraq, Afghanistan, or on a base that is located in the United States? It doesn’t matter. Online college courses are as close as the nearest computer. In other words, they come to you
  • Online courses are portable. If your location changes, that doesn’t mean that you have to put your coursework on hold.
  • The transition to college can be seamless after you leave the service. Once you have started to study online, you can simply continue after you are discharged and enter civilian life.
  • StraighterLine can make it simple to continue your studies at a top American college. Thanks to the innovative Partner College program at StraighterLine, you can transfer the credits that you earned online directly to a college back on home soil, and never miss a beat.

So do you have to delay your education until you are a veteran? Not at all! That’s why some of your smartest and most motivated fellow members of the military aren’t waiting. They’ve getting a jump start on college today.

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