As the United States continues to withdraw forces from Afghanistan, an estimated one million veterans are expected to return to the workforce over the next five years. Many of those veterans will extend their service in the military reserves.
Reservists and National Guard service members looking to enhance their career prospects by going back to school online may qualify for a new scholarship offered by Western Governors University.
Currently, more than 2,400 active-duty military personnel, veterans, military spouses and dependents take online college courses at WGU. The Reservist and National Guard Scholarship was created to help service members and their spouses defray the cost of obtaining one of WGU’s 50 online bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the fields of business, teacher education, information technology, and health professions.
Eligibility requirements include a strong academic record, financial need, and readiness for online study. Candidates are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Scholarships up to $2,000 are available to new students who are accepted and enrolled at WGU. Scholarships will be awarded in increments of $500 per six-month academic term, and can be renewed for up to four terms.
GWU’s flat rate tuition ranges between $2,890 – $4,250 per six-month academic term depending on degree program. In addition to this scholarship, Reserve and National Guard members may be entitled to education benefits under the GI Bill for Reserve and Guard Members and federal financial aid.
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