As more and more military spouses discover the many advantages of an online education, choosing an online military-friendly school that fits the student’s personal and educational needs is key.
"We always recommend spouses look for a school that offers exactly what they need by matching their goals and how they fit into their lifestyle,” said Rodney Butler, U.S. Army First Sergeant, Retired and Ashworth College Military Education Coordinator. "There are many fine schools out there and taking the time to find one that meets most of a spouse’s needs will pay off in the long run.”
If a spouse does their homework before enrolling, they will find that online schools can offer flexibility, convenience and tuition prices that fit well within military education benefit guidelines. An online school can allow you to:
• Retain credits from transferring schools
• Have flexible classes to meet your study schedule
• Study anywhere in the world, wherever you’re stationed.
• Maintain your job and salary while pursuing your educational goals
• Keep the flexibility you need to spend more time with your family
• Eliminate gas costs and commuting time
• Save on childcare costs
"At Ashworth, it’s our mission to ensure that our programs meet the needs of all those with military affiliations, particularly military spouses,” Butler added. “Our accredited degree programs are under $100 dollars per credit hour, compared to similar schools that push theirs as high as $250 per credit hour. With zero out of pocket costs, it’s common for a military spouse to earn an Ashworth career diploma, certificate or degree using only MyCAA benefits.”
So, which online school is right for you?
The military advisors at Ashworth College recommend that prospective student do some homework by researching schools and asking the following questions in these important areas:
• How does tuition and fees compare with other schools? Are there extra student fees such as enrollment, application, registration, processing, withdrawal/transfer, or lab fees?
• Is there a textbook allowance? If not, find out the added cost.
• Can the school help you secure military education benefits? Can they help you claim up to $4,000 in MyCAA benefits or help you take advantage of Post 9/11 dependent’s benefits?
• How generous is their credit transfer policy? Do they offer credit for work/life experience? Transferring credits means that you could be closer to your degree than you think, saving you plenty of time and money!
• Do they offer special financing and/or low, interest-free monthly payment plans? How much student debt will you have at graduation?
• Are their programs nationally accredited? Would they be classified as a “diploma mills”?
• To meet your career goals, do they offer the programs you’re looking for?
• How many credits are required for a degree?
• Can you transfer in credits earned at other schools?
Convenience and Support
• Do they offer flexible scheduling? Is there frequent class starts and 24/7 online access?
• Are they Military-friendly?
• What type of tutoring and instructor assistance do they offer?
• Do they have their own social network? How do students connect with student services, other students, instructors, tutors and alumni?
An Advocate for Military Education
For nearly 25 years, Ashworth has made it possible for military personnel, veterans and military spouses to further their careers by earning accredited, affordable career diplomas and college degrees. As an online school, Ashworth programs can be completed anywhere in the world.
A Servicemember Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC) member school, Ashworth accepts ACE credits and is approved for a range of other military benefits including Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, GoArmyEd, and MyCAA.
A Yellow Ribbon School, Ashworth has been further recognized as a military friendly school by both G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines. The online school also supports a campus chapter of the Student Veteran’s Association and was a sponsor of Military Spouse magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Military Spouse of the Year Award programs.
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About Ashworth College
As leading online school, Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence spanning 25 years, offering students worldwide more than 115 online college degrees, online certificate programs and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth offers military education as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.
Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. James Madison High School is further accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). For more information, visit http://www.ashworthcollege.edu/