Pursuing higher education is not only admirable and exciting; it can also lead to rewarding opportunities. Education doesn’t just have to refer to college either. It can be anything from GED classes, English as a second language(ESOL) classes, licensing and certification programs, and trade or vocational. Although it might be difficult for military spouses who move regularly to complete an academic program, it is certainly not impossible! Don’t feel overwhelmed or discouraged when thinking of furthering your education-in fact it’s easier than you think! Click here for more.
Juggling military lifestyle and education can be a balancing act. Here you will find valuable resources targeted to helping you achieve your goals.
Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)
To address military spouses’ unique combination of work-life interests and priorities, the Department of Defense (DoD) has established a comprehensive, holistic, spouse-centered program called SECO: Spouse Education and Career Opportunities. It is part of DoD’s commitment to overall spouse health and well-being. SECO can help you search for information on portable careers, get you started on your education, finalize that perfect resume, or assist you with your career planning.
Grants + Funding
Military spouses may be eligible for three resources to help offset the higher education and employment costs: in-state tuition, MyCAA, or the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Learn More >>
Many organizations and clubs offer scholarships for military spouses. The SECO scholarship finder makes it easy to find additional scholarship opportunities. Learn More>>
Is your school accredited?
Degrees from accredited institutions will be worth more to you when you rejoin the workforce than those that are not accredited. To receive accreditation, an institution must have an outside accreditation organization review the structure and content of its degree programs to ensure that the institution meets specific education standards.
These resources can help determine whether or not your school is accredited:
- Tutor.com offers professional online tutors, available 24/7 to assist current students or those planning to go back to school. Tutors can help users prepare for standardized tests, write resumes and college applications, and brush up on critical skills. The service is free for some family members; check eligibility rules to see if you qualify.
- Tutors by Base is a tool specifically for the military community that matches any student with available tutors. The tutoring service is not free, but the matching is.
- Kahn Academy's resources are available to anyone completely free of charge. Students can make use of the site's extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web.