The Benefits Of Going Back To School As A Veteran

  • VA Education Benefits
  • March 13, 2024
  • 3 min read
Back to school as a veteran

It can be difficult to make the transition back to civilian life after a career in the military. One of the ways to ease that transition is to take advantage of the VA education and training benefits to return to education and acquire new skills. Despite the unique challenges faced by veterans, studies indicate that they earn their degrees at a similar rate to non-veterans. But a degree isn’t the only advantage of returning to education, in this article we’ll look at some of the other benefits associated with going back to school as a veteran.

Benefits for Veterans

  • Easing the transition to civilian life – Many veterans find that returning to education and attending classes, joining study groups, and finding peers can ease the transition into civilian life. Because of the opportunities provided by the VE education and training benefits, more and more veterans are returning to education after their military service. Former military members may find it easier to meet peers at school who were in the military and can understand their experiences. Building connections to a community and having a support network through your peers at school can make it easier to graduate and to transition to civilian life.
  • An opportunity to acquire new skills – Returning to college as a veteran is an excellent chance to acquire new skills or to achieve a professional education in skills you became interested in while in the military. Many veterans find that they develop an interest in a particular subject while serving and the funding offered by the VE education and training benefits allows them to become qualified, and then find a career, in that area.
  • Improved career opportunities – A recent study found that workers with an associate degree earned $31.93 an hour on average, compared to those with a high school degree who earned $17.25 an hour on average. Graduating with your degree is an excellent opportunity to improve your earnings and find a career that you love.

How Do I Apply For VA Funding?

  • Online – You can apply for your chosen VA benefits program online through the VA Website. This streamlined process will only take around 30 minutes to complete.
  • In Person – You can apply in person through your local VA Office. The Regional VA Office for Nevada is located in Reno at 5460 Reno Corporate Drive, Reno, NV 89511.
  • By Mail – If you prefer to apply by mail, Call 1-888-GI BILL®-1 (888-442-4551) to have an application pack mailed to you.
  • At Northwest – Northwest is committed to providing every assistance it can to our country’s servicemembers. Call us on (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment experts and we will provide you with all the information you’ll need to start your application.

The GI Bill®, in all its various forms, has empowered and enabled hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families to access higher education. Here at Northwest Career College we are equally committed to providing every assistance we can to our country’s servicemembers. Call us on (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment experts and we will help you find the course and financial aid you need to access the education you deserve. 

Disclaimer: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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Dr. Thomas Kenny was born in Chicago, raised in Las Vegas, but considers Northwest Career College his true home. He has been working at NCC for as long as he can remember. He started by moving and building furniture on…Read Full Bio

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