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Whether you are thinking about pursuing higher education or are planning to enroll in an additional degree program, we have advice to help your time in school go as smoothly as possible. Good luck in reaching your educational goals.

College-Bound Veteran FAQs

Veterans and service members who are considering a college education may have a few questions. Below are answers to some of the most common questions. Do I have to meet the...


Test Taking 101

Pop quiz time! At the prospect of taking an exam, you: A. Feel your stomach churn. B. Sweat. C. Rack your brain to remember what subject you’ve been studying. D. All of the...


How to Tell if a School is Right for You

You’d think that once you’d decided to pursue secondary education, the rest of the decisions would be a little easier to make. But alas, there are still a slew of choices...


Five Online Degrees that Fit Your Busy Schedule

You work full time – possibly even serve in the armed forces – to support a growing family, plus you have pets and are active in your community. You work part time – and...


Three Telltale Signs of Burnout that You Might Miss

Nature has perfected the cause and effect method of course correction. If a plant lacks water, it wilts. We see the droopy leaves, and (most of the time) we give the poor...


Three Money-Making Degrees You Can Earn in Two Years

Who says you have to commit to a four-year tour of duty in college to have a prosperous, rewarding career in a field you enjoy? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with...


Three Added Benefits of Online Degree Programs

Think the only benefit to online education is the flexibility to pursue your education in your spare time? Think again. When you decide to pursue a degree online, suddenly...


Five Ways to Study Smarter

Most of the time, our approach to studying for an exam or just to keep up with coursework consists of two basic strategies: memorization and formulas. That is, we attempt to...


Online Degrees for Adults with Busy Lives

The kids are screaming, your boss is irate, the parakeet hasn’t been fed in two days and now you’re going to do what? Drive a half hour to the college campus and spend two...


Four Solo Careers to Consider

Choosing a career can be difficult, whether you are a military spouse who needs a career field in demand in a lot of locations, or a servicemember planning your transition to...


Six Degrees That Make (Dollars and) Sense

“What’s your major?” It’s a question that strikes fear into the heart of many an undeclared student. For good reason. The bill for a four-year degree at a public...


Why Education is a Smart Investment

Headlines scream arguments against higher education almost daily, with messages about generations of students swallowed up by student loan debt and soaring unemployment rates....


Why Being an Older Student is an Advantage

According to the US Department of Education, in recent years more than a quarter of all college students were 30 years old or older. It’s no surprise, really, given the...


Beware of Diploma Mills

The commonly-accepted definition of “diploma mill” is an unaccredited for-profit company that sells fake academic degrees and certificates for a fee. Some observers...


Associate's Degrees Worth a Second Look

If you are looking for a way to boost your job-seeking advantage, you might want to consider adding an associate’s degree to your military resume. There are a number of...


Top Ten Survival Tips for Finals Week

In honor of all you students out there approaching final exam week, here are some go-to tips for surviving and thriving during what is arguably the most difficult week of the...


Top Five Reasons to Get Your Degree Now

Our current economy, in two words, really stinks. So much so, in fact, that service members and veterans are proud holders of some of the highest unemployment rates in recent...


School Transitions Made a Bit Easier for Kids

It’s the fourth move in seven years. With the switch to junior high and now to high school, that makes this the sixth school in seven years. And Mom was deployed overseas...


Overlooked School Supplies for Military Distance Learners

It’s fall, the air is crisp, and the leaves are beginning their spectacular transformation that signals the coming of shorter days and longer nights. Big yellow school buses...


C.L.E.P. Exams

You know a subject backwards and forwards; it’s a hobby, a way to kill time, it’s a passion. Whatever it is, you know it, and know it well. However, you haven’t formally...


Brushing up on Basic Skills

You’ve been in the military for a bit; enlisted with decent ASVAB scores and have moved up the ranks through diligence and hard work. Now you’ve encountered a stumbling...


Graduate Degrees, Income, and Employment Rates

Once upon a time, a bachelor’s degree could almost guarantee you a full-time job with a decent income and steady advancement opportunities. Today, this is only a fairy tale...


Top 6 Highest-Paying Job Industries

You've worked hard to earn a degree and now it’s a only a few months before graduation. Some students know the specific career path they want to pursue long before they...


7 Steps to Overcome a Fear of Math When Starting Back to School

A lot of adult students experience math anxiety when faced with a math course after a long break. But this anxiety is often just the dread of the unknown that is lurking out...


​5 Ways To Manage a Hectic Holiday Schedule

Editor's note: Contributor Matt Diggs is a faculty member at Grantham University who teaches the capstone seminar that all multidisciplinary degree students must complete. He...


5 Reasons to Stay Motivated Around the Holidays

Students enrolled in an online degree program or thinking of starting one know of the challenge to stay motivated. There's homework to be completed, tests to take and papers...


4 Ways Military Members Can Manage Rising Tuition Costs

$10,359.00 – that is the difference in cost between one year of college in 1980 and the cost today (based on the average cost at a four-year public university).Colleges and...


Evaluating Online Military Colleges

When making the decision to return to school, you should take time considering the right institution. In the past few years online military colleges have expanded their...


Find Your Edge by Cleaning Up Your Rep(utation)

The next time students post an edgy or controversial Facebook or Twitter comment, they may want to think about the associated consequences before submitting it.According to a...


The Hidden Benefits of a College Degree

Editor's Note: Johanna Altland is on the Communications team of Grantham University and a frequent contributor to military- and education-related publications.Over the years,...


Keep Your Job AND Complete Your Degree - 5 Time Management Tips

Students pursuing higher education face the daily chore of finding a delicate balance between managing a career and earning a degree.Ever felt overwhelmed with a...


Don't Let Busy Life Hold You Back From Earning Online Degree

Many students enrolled in online degree programs are busy from the moment they step out of bed in the morning.Some students check their school email. Homework, papers, tests...


A case for literary studies for military students: Homer's Odysseus

Editor's note: Contributor Alexander Ames is a faculty member at Grantham University who teaches English courses in the College of Arts & Sciences.Reflecting on last...


Top 5 Factors When Considering Online Criminal Justice Degree

Criminal Justice recently registered as the third most popular online college degree. Many students, especially members of the military who are professionally raised on...


Resume challenges facing the military spouse

Article by Stacy Swearengen, The Portable Career Planner When you want to make a great first impression, what do you tend to do? I will venture to guess you probably spend a...


College Textbooks that Don’t Break the Bank

As a service member, you probably are like most people and you don’t attend a college that provides free textbooks. If the idea of paying $200 for a textbook leaves you...


Ways to Balance Family and Online Schooling

Finding time for school between family commitments like soccer games and doctor’s visits can be difficult for working adult students. Sitting in front of your computer for...


Importance of Mental Fitness

Mental fitness is as important to the body as physical fitness. Possessing good mental health allows us to be creative, to use our mental abilities to the fullest extent, make...


Creating SMART Goals to Help You Earn Your Degree

As Yogi Berra once said, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” For many, earning a college degree is...


Choosing the military education benefit that is right for you

More and more service members are using their benefits to further their education, but determining which benefit to use and when to use it can be confusing. The benefit...


A Guide to Distance Education for Service Members

Whether you call it online learning, e-learning or distance study, Distance Education is education in which the student and the professor communicate with each other outside a...


Education and Scholarship Resources

DANTESThe DANTES Distance Learning Program provides a wide range of nontraditional education programs. It’s helpful for service members who want to earn their degree, but...


10 Great Reasons Military Members Should Earn a College Degree

1. You've paid for it—military service members have already earned GI Bill tuition support and tuition assistance to help offset the cost of your college...


How to Pay For Your Degree While Serving Your Country.

According to the Department of Education, a college graduate earns on average twice as much as someone with a high school diploma over the course of a career. However, many...


3 Ways Military Members Can Save Time and Money Earning A Degree

There’s a straightforward formula to getting a college degree: Determination + Effort +Time + Money = Diploma. No one but you can provide the work. However, for service...

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