When you’re in the military, obtaining your degree might seem to difficult but actually it is very possible.
The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and Montgomery G.I. Bill offer the chance to get an education, but the benefits won’t allow you to earn two of the same degree type. However, there are some loopholes that would allow you to get multiple degrees and continue using your benefits. It all depends on where you start school and the first degree that you pick up. One degree may simply not be enough to help you in what you want to do, or you may earn a degree only to find that you need more education. There is a way to get as many as three degrees paid for with your G.I. Bill benefits.
Many service men and women start using the G.I. Bill for an associate’s degree. This will give you two years of education in any field, but you want to pick something that can translate into a bachelor’s degree program. That way, this degree becomes like a stepping stone, and you can use your benefits to pay for all of the education. In fact, if you simply just got an associate’s degree, you would be leaving money under Tuition Assistance that you could potentially use to study whatever you wanted for another four years.
Once you graduate with a bachelor’s degree, you can go back to school and get another associate’s degree in something else with Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. Basically, this is because you are using two different funding sources. Tuition Assistance and G.I. Bill are completely different, and therefore, you can get different degrees with each one.
However, most students run into issues because of per credit cost and may run into benefits. You can always use the Top-Up Program to fix this. Course amounts that go over $250 per credit come out of your G.I. Bill but it actually is detracted in a much slower pace since TA pays for most of the expense. With Top-Up, you also still have money left over in your G.I. Bill to get a second associate’s degree because it’s money that you earn from service. You should be able to maximize these benefits for your education. You may also want to consider going for a dual major once you get to your bachelor’s degree so that you can maximize your education in another way.