Colleges, Universities & Continuing Education
- Air University
is the Intellectual and Leadership Center of the Air Force. It is a military education system that develops leaders for the long war and beyond.
- American Military University
educates those in the military, defense, national security, public safety, and related communities. Whether you want to deepen your knowledge in your field of expertise or explore new horizons, there is a place for you here.
- The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) helps active military and veterans return to school by providing more access to: Military-friendly Colleges, Recognition for Life and Military Experience, and Paths to Civilian Jobs. For more information about how CAEL can help you make the most of your military experience, student Veterans click here.
- DANTES (Defense activity for non-traditional education support)
mission is to support the off duty, voluntary education programs of the DoD and to conduct special projects and development activities in support of education related functions of the Department.
- Guide to Online Colleges for Military Personnel and Veterans
An in-depth guidebook for current service members and veterans seeking accredited, military-friendly online learning opportunities. The guide discusses the benefits of distance learning for military personnel and dissects key issues they’ll face throughout the higher educational process
- Military Extension Internship Program - by Purdue University
Provides college students and recent graduates internships working with Military child, youth, and family programs.
- Naval War College
provides professional military education programs that are current, rigorous, relevant, and accessible to the maximum number of qualified U.S. officers and Navy enlisted personnel, civilian employees of the U.S. Government and non-governmental organizations, and international officers.
ProTrain connects unemployed/underemployed military and military spouses to quality educational products and services at an affordable cost, both online and in classroom.
- Redstone College
Redstone offers programs in Aviation and Electronics, and is a military-friendly college, granting benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill combined with its Yellow Ribbon provision.
- Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
Serving the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service, and consultation; we are unique in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military medical readiness.
- United States Air Force Academy
To educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.
- US Army War College
develops, inspires and serves strategic leaders for the wise and effective application of national power, in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment, emphasizing development and employment of land power.
- United States Coast Guard Academy
A quality higher education experience that emphasizes leadership, physical fitness and professional development. Our cadets devote themselves to an honor concept and go directly into positions of leadership in service to others in the US Coast Guard
- United States Merchant Marine Academy
USMMA is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers of exemplary character who serve America’s marine transportation and defense needs in peace and war.
- United States Military Academy, West Point
West Point provides a 47-month leader-development program steeped in academic rigor, military discipline, and physical challenges, all built upon a moral-ethical foundation. The academy develops cadets to live honorably, with uncompromising integrity, as U.S Army officers in service to the nation.
- United States Naval Academy
As the undergraduate college of the naval service, the United States Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen “morally, mentally, and physically.”
- University of Phoenix, Military Division -
University of Phoenix has a dedicated Military Division and special military rates for active duty and their spouses. They offer a wide range of programs from Associates through Doctorate with convenient campus locations and online courses.
- Virginia Military Institute
Developing educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril.
Military Leadership Programs
- Civil Air Patrol – USAF Auxiliary (ages 12-18)
Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. Great for those looking for a career in aviation, space, or the military. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.
- National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (ages 16-18)
The mission of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.
- National Guard Youth Foundation
To advocate for and support the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. The Foundation provides scholarships, training and workforce transition assistance to the graduates of the ChalleNGe Program and fosters program awareness to promote the success of the Program.
- Naval Sea Cadet Corps (ages 11-17)
Providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults.
- USMC Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy (16-18)
A week-long program that provides our nations top-performing high school students an opportunity to receive leadership training, character development, lessons on ethics, and college admissions guidance from experienced Marine officers.
- Young Marines (ages 8-18)
A youth education and service program that promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Anchor Scholarship Foundation
The Anchor Scholarship is available to dependents of service members who have served a minimum of six years in a unit under the administrative control of Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet or U.S. Pacific Fleet. You must attend, or plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university and intend to work toward a BS or BA degree to be eligible for this award.
- CCME (Council of College and Military Educators) $1,000 Scholarships
CCME offers $1,000 scholarships each year to United States Service members and spouses of Service members who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees.
- Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in combat or training. We bridge the gap between existing sources of grants and scholarships and the total cost of college.
- Commissary Scholarship
Qualified applicants may apply for $1,500 scholarships at their local commissary. The program hopes to award one $1,500 scholarship at each commissary where qualified applications are received. More than one scholarship may be awarded at some commissaries.
- Fin Aid (Financial Aid)
Search for scholarships that match your profile! (But beware of scholarship scams.) Use the link to “military aid.”
- Folds of Honor
Providing scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.
- GI Bill Express
together with our partner Military.com — created a FREE, easy to use guide, that lists more than 4,000 schools that cater to the military community. Plus, you can find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community!
- Green Beret Foundation
In cooperation withNo Greater Sacrifice we are pleased to provide this Scholarship Award for the children of wounded, ill or injured U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers.
- Kohl’s Cares
Nominate a young volunteer, age 6-18, who has made a difference in your community. Top winners each receive $10,000 for higher education. Nominations are accepted February 1-March 15, 2013
- Leadership Scholar Program (USMC)
Helping honorably discharged Marines connect with a college or university to continue their education.
- MG James Ursano Scholarship Program (from Army Emergency Relief)
a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree. Applicants must apply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years.
- Military Spouse Education Initiative
Through advocacy and support programming, we provide spouses with the tools to accomplish their education goals.
- MyCAA Benefits
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program is an employment assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
- Naples Overseas Spouses Club Scholarship
Merit-based scholarships for U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. Government Service GS ID cardholders, or their dependents who wish to further their education toward an undergraduate or graduate degree.
- National Military Family Association
Awarded to military spouses (active duty, retiree, Reserve, National Guard, and/or survivor) to help them prepare for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.
- No Angel Left Behind
So that no Angel is left behind it is our mission to honor our fallen soldiers and wounded warriors by lending support to their children by providing them with college scholarships, supplemental financial aid and resources needed to help them live their American Dream of earning a higher education.
- Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) Scholarship
to help dependents of NCOA members – spouses and children – to continue their education beyond high school.
- Post 9-11 GI Bill information.
- POST 9/11 GI Bill Transferability
Learn about transferring unused educational benefits to spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009.
- Seabee Memorial Scholarship
Children and grandchildren of enlisted personnel with a Seabee rating; CEC Officers; or others who have served, or are serving, in a Naval Construction Force (Seabee) unit. The applicant must currently be a senior in high school or a high school graduate. Scholarships are awarded for two or four-year college degree programs. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, scholastic record, citizenship and leadership.
- Spouse Education Assistance Program (from Army Emergency Relief)
A need-based scholarship program established to assist spouses of Army Soldiers in obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree. Applicants must apply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years.
- Thanks USA
The ThanksUSA Scholarship Program usually accepts applications in the early spring. Dependent children ages 24 and under and spouses of military personnel are eligible for $3,000 scholarships. For complete information about ThanksUSA’s Scholarship Program and to review the scholarship criteria, see the link above. Please read the guidelines *CAREFULLY* prior to filling out your application
- Wings Over America—
Annually sponsors over forty scholarships to dependent children and spouses of Naval Air Forces Personnel
School Age Children – Elementary through High School
Explore resources related to parenting the school age child, school age youth development, educational activities, enriching learning environments, site and program management, and partnerships / collaborations.
- DOD Schools
Find DOD schools in North America, Europe, and the Pacific and information about eligibility, enrollment, and special education.
- Great Schools
the country’s leading source of information on school performance. With listings of 200,000 public and private schools serving students from preschool through high school and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews, GreatSchools has become the go-to guide for parents aiming to make a smart school choice.
- Khan Academy
offers a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 210 practice exercises. We’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace, for free.
- Military Child Education Coalition
offers information for parents in support of transitioning students through helpful publications and research, technology applications, and links to other sites.
- Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)
aims to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students. The compact leverages consistency: It uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every state that chooses to join. The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation.
- Pre-K Smarties
is an preschool education resource full of tips and articles for parents teaching their preschoolers math and reading with learning games, phonics, and fun preschool activities. (They have a great pre-school directory.)
- Public School Review
lets you find free, detailed profiles of public schools and their surrounding communities
- Scholastic Books Earn & Learn Center
allows your 5-12 year old child can earn up to 5 free scholastic books by doing a reading and/or math sheet.
- School Liaison Officers
Coordinate and advise military parents of school-aged children on educational issues and needs and to assist in solving education-related problems. Visit militaryk12partners.dodea.edu to find a liaison officer by branch.
- School Quest
finds any public – and many private – schools or districts in the U.S. as well as Department of Defense schools for military installations overseas.
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