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Educational Opportunities for Soldiers and Spouses
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010
Category: Military Spouse Point of View

"This is my opinion and does not constitute an endorsement, opinion or official position of the U.S. Army".

The Army Family Covenant (AFC) pledges the Army's commitment to support Soldiers and their Families and resource programs to provide them a quality of life commensurate with their service.  There have been a number of efforts by both the Army and the DoD since the AFC was unveiled in October of 2007 to help ease the burden on the military family.

Much of this effort has been focused on improving the education and career prospects of military spouses by emphasizing tuition relief and scholarships. And it's not just the government that has stepped in; vocational schools and colleges are now offering military spouse discounts to help out with accredited military education options. 

Frequent relocations may make it difficult for military members and spouses to maintain continuity in achieving a college education. The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) program is ideal for easing this burden.  A consortium of more than 1,800 colleges and universities across the United States that offers associate and bachelor's degrees, the program transfers credits between the colleges, allowing the student to continue with his or her education and not retake classes.

Is lack of money holding you back from reaching your educational goals? Visit FAFSA online, the government resource for grant money and student loans. While you're at it, don't overlook the vast number of scholarships available for military spouses, and don't assume they're out of your reach. Below is a list of helpful sites if you are pursuing educational goals:

My advice, don't wait...Take advantage while the opportunities exist!

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Posted by Kathie Durant on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 4:51PM
I am taking on-line classes through Drury University because I was approved for money on the myCAA website. Now the website says they are freezing everything. Do you know anything about this program and who I should call?
Posted by Mary Clark on Thu Mar 4, 2010 at 4:49PM
Great information, especially about scholarships available.
Posted by Michelle Reilly on Fri Mar 5, 2010 at 5:41AM
Kathie, Your best bet to find out about the MyCAA is to contact Military OneSource at 1800-342-9647. It is my understanding that the freeze that has been placed on this is temporary. However, I am not sure how long is meant by temporary!

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