"Most people head to college in their late teens and early 20s, right after high school and before finding their first full-time jobs. But for those who’ve served in the military, the path to higher education is full of twists and turns.
According to the Student Veterans of America, 85% of veteran students are 24 or older, 27% are women and 47% have children to consider. Along with a military background, these students enter college with very different needs than traditional college-age students.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes the specific needs of veterans and offers educational benefits under the GI Bill that help cover the cost of college. GI benefits help veterans of all branches of the U.S. military and some active-duty members fund their college education.
But understanding your GI benefits is only part of the equation when considering a college degree. To help make sense of the rest, NerdScholar asked college admission and veteran services experts to shed light on the key steps in the application process for veteran students. Use these tips and resources to find the best college for you and apply this fall.”