Veteran Students: Finding Non-Traditional Methods for Making It Work
College life, however fun it can be at times, comes with many stressors; hours of homework, challenging exams, the cost of paying for your education. For an 18 year old, these stressors are often manageable - many receive financial support from parents, and are less likely to have children or work a full-time job. For a military veteran, on the other hand, many of whom return to school struggling with post-traumatic stress disorders, injuries, or other disabilities, plus have the responsibility of caring for a family, attending a traditional university can seem a bit overwhelming.
There are many programs that have made significant strides in providing our veterans with help and guidance - both emotionally and financially - in adjusting to college life. What’s more, there are several military friendly schools that work hard to provide these brave servicemen and women with a supportive environment and a curriculum that meets their needs. And last year alone, the G.I. Bill provided 800,000 beneficiaries with financial support for going back to school - up more than 40 percent from the previous year.
DSST strongly supports these and any other initiatives that make it easier for veterans to earn a college degree. That’s why we offer exams for college credit, which allow veterans and military members to earn credit hours based on the worldly knowledge they already have.
By earning college credit with DSST tests (formerly known as the DANTES exam), veterans can avoid the pressures of the classroom, save money, and hold a full-time job; all while making strides towards a degree. Simply choose from over 38 subjects and schedule an exam date. In a single sitting, and for just $80 (plus a sitting fee), veterans can earn three college credits, or the equivalent of a single college course. Your peace of mind, and your wallet, will thank you.