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How to Make College Application Process Go Smoothly

August 31, 2012

Current military members and veterans have seen how just losing one piece of the puzzle can really change whether you get GI bill benefits on time or whether you can go to the school that you want. Both of these are important to getting into any college, however. In addition, after moving around for so long and being away from college, former service members feel at a loss in the classroom trying to discuss literature or present group projects with those who are younger than them or just trying not to think about a myriad of things from military experiences. Still, it's necessary to get through these moments in order to pursue a higher education and eventually gain a better job position. Military experience can actually give you great opportunities for an easier college life, earning credit by examination or military credits and paying for most of your tuition. Here are some other ways that will make the college application process go smoothly.

1. Pick a College for Your Interest, Location and Size

You definitely want to pay attention to what the college is offering you before you consider applying. That means looking at their accreditation, degree programs, faculty credentials, location details, and population of the student body. You may want to go to a larger school, or you may want to go to a private school. In some cases, it's important to pick a school for its prestige in certain fields, such as a business degree from University of Pennsylvania. In addition, the right location means everything. After spending so much time away, being in a place that you want to be is crucial to doing well once in college.

2. Meet With School Advisors

Once you've found the right college, you should meet with an advisor at the Department of Veterans Affairs to help you with GI Bill benefits and also earning any credits through military experience. These can vastly help you get ahead in a degree program, saving you time and money. In addition, once you've applied for a school, accept opportunities to go on orientations and when you visit the school, take the time to talk to school advisors and get to know people who can make a difference in your education. Advisors are particularly helpful because they can tell you more about your degree program and financial aid opportunities beyond the GI Bill.

3. Check Your Status

Once you've applied, you should look at your status after a couple of weeks to see a change. In some cases, you may need to call the school, send more information or supply more documentation from the military to gain credits. It's important to pay attention to your status or to call the college's registrar office to check on your records in case you need to do something that is preventing your acceptance or if your acceptance is based on the completion of these items. In many cases, you'll receive a letter later on about what you need to do, but colleges also provide the online status as a way to make the process more open to a potential student.

4. Know What You Want to Do

Before sending in an application, you should already know what you want to do and what career paths you can take from your college major. The first two years of college are mainly for general education and getting some core classes out of the way, but after that, you'll be focusing solely on your major and learning more advanced topics that will take you into a master's degree program or entry level job positions. Technical schools also can train you specifically for a job if you prefer having a more concrete job path.

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