Posted on Aug 3, 2015
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I’m looking this program for my Bachelor's Degree in Science.

https://www.gwu.edu/undergraduate-programs-bachelors-degree-completion-program-integrated-information-science-and-technology?searched=y

I think this is the one for me but is very expensive, I’d be able to finish quicker with having my A.S. degree and real life experience credit.

My question is this? What resources are out there for tuition assistance for Federal Employees and Veterans? I had a GI bill but had used that for my A.S. I'm a service-disabled veteran, and I'm checking into the possibility of the VA. I keep hearing from people how the govt paid for federal employees to finish their degrees for promotion potential, but I can't seem to get a straight answer as to what is available to me here at USDA. My goal with getting this degree is to consider SES in Federal Service so a Bachelor's Degree at a minimum is required.

I appreciate any advice that any of you could give me on this.

1SG (Join to see), CW3 (Join to see), 1SG (Join to see), SGM (Join to see), COL (Join to see) SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Sgt William Biggs
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Depending on your VA rating you may qualify for vocational rehabilitation. Find a local VA rep for the program and you might not need to worry about financing the education.
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PO3 Sherry Thornburg
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The only things to ask:
1. Is this an accredited college and accredited program?
2. Is it relevant to an industry or particular skill or knowledge base that will get you a job?
3. Is the cost reasonable (not higher than average college costs). You may be doing this on GI bill, but think about where you go and what you study. Some schools are known for great technology programs and having their paper means something to industries and employers. Make sure the program or institution is worth it.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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CLEP, DANTE, Excelsior exams. Most schools will take 30~ credits (1 year). Dante include Upper Level courses. As a vet you can take tests on base. Tests cost $100~ each but net you 3-6 credits. Can end up saving you 6-12 months and LOTS of money.
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MSgt James Mullis
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PV2 (Join to see) - Let me add that when you sign up for tests STUDY. The CLEP tests have study books and videos for you to use prior to taking the test. Take a couple of weeks and prepare for the test just as if you were in a class. For the Dantes exams, go to your local library and sign out a text book for the subject your going to test on. In the end it will be well worth your time and effort (Free vs $595 per credit hour).
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MSgt James Mullis - Thank you for the insight!
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