The Military Solution
When I was in the military working as an Office Assistant, I would often tell military members that opting into military education benefits is vitally important. Most people don’t take advantage of some of the services the military offered, and later find out they wish they did. With the years served, why not take advantage of a program that could enhance your life and help you get started on a new career?
To the public, many do not know that the military offers different educational benefits for active and reserve military members as well as veterans to take advantage of while serving or after they have served. The military has 3-4 different programs the military can use to further their education, but I want to elaborate on two of the programs. When I was in the military, I opted into the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) my first year serving. This bill provided 4 years of education benefits to any school I chose. Before left the military, the military had created the Post 911 Bill, which gives military members the option to use up to 4 years.
The difference between the MGIB and the Post 911 is once you opt in to one over the other, the process cannot be reversed. Also, under the MGIB, the Department of Veteran Affairs issues payments to the veteran, and the veteran is responsible to pay the school. Under Post 911, the school receives the funds, pays for the tuition, and whatever funds are leftover, the student will receive or have the option to use those funds toward future tuition payments. I used both the MGIB and Post 911, but I used more of the Post 911 for the reason of accountability. I thought using the Post 911 was in my case much smarter, in which I was given the opportunity to solely focus on my studies and give the school the responsibility to handle my financial matters.