Will the military pay for college if I already have a degree?

Will the military pay for college if I already have a degree? Topic: Business plan for training college
July 24, 2019 / By Lys
Question: I already have a bachelor's degree in Entertainment Business, a field I no longer have much interest in. I plan on joining the military in the near future and have aspirations of getting into meteorology or astronomy after. I'm wondering if the military would still pay for another degree, despite me still having student loan debt to pay for my business degree. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Keira Keira | 4 days ago
Complete 36 months after training and you get the GI Bill for your next degree. Student loan repayment pretty much no longer exists so your debt is on you.
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Keira Originally Answered: What's the best way to join the military and still have a college degree?
I recently got out of the Air Force so I'll give you the information that I know. You're correct that there are a number of ways of going about entering the military and obtaining a degree. If your son wants to pursue his degree now then he should look into a ROTC program. This program allows the individual to go to school on the militarys dollar, while having specific requirements of them during the four year process. Its sort of a premilitary training experience. He will be required to keep up with physical requirements, at the school I go to now one day a week they wear their dress uniform to class and he will be required to attend specific functions. When he has completed his degree he will then owe the military 4-6 years of his time but he will be an Officer in the armed forces rather than enlisted personnel. Biggest benefit here...once hes finished school he'll be paid as an Officer. Another option is to enlist and sign up the Montgomery GI Bill, also referred to as MGIB or just GI Bill. He can enlist for 4-6 years and while at basic training he can choose to sign up for the GI Bill. During the first year of his enlistment $100 a month will be automatically withdrawn from his paycheck and put into an education fund, at the end of his enlistment he can then go to school using the money from this fund. I know that $1200 doesn't sound like much, and it isn't, but the return is fabulous. Those who have signed up and contributed to the MGIB currently have around $40,000 to go to school with. You can go to almost any college or trade school. Once he is accepted to the Univ. he will need to go to the VA office, usually right next to the financial aid office, and fill out some paperwork. When all is said and done he will receive a monthly stipend of $1075 in order to pay for his schooling or living expenses. Most schools will extend the due date for their tuition and fees knowing that the GI Bill pays in the rear so that he will have the entire semester to pay the school what its owed. Keep in mind that while your son is enlisted he can also take classes, online or at the local college, and the service will pay for 100% tuition up to appx $4500 a year. If he has signed up for the GI Bill he can then 'top off' meaning he can tap into his GI Bill money to pay for anything above and beyond the $4500 a year. Also, your son will only have one opportunity to sign up for the GI Bill. If he chooses not to hes out the $40000 to go to school. There is no changing of the mind, no I meant to, nothing, he has to sign up for it while in basic training or hes out. The last option that I can think of is to join the Guard or Reserves. This is something that I'm not very familiar with but my understanding is that they allow you to use GI Bill money without having you pay into it. I'm not sure how you pay this back or if you will then owe the military time but it is something that the two of you can look into together. Good luck to you and your son!

Indiana Indiana
if you serve for 4 years, then you earn the gi bill having a degree doesn't matter at all 2. you will not get tuition assistance if you have a degree-- while serving 3. you have to choose between the gi bill and loan repayment, not both
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Elayne Elayne
Yes, your TA will pay while you are in, if you get excused from a mission after 1700 and your G I Bill will pay for college when you get out.
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Cherice Cherice
the GI Bill is good for any degree higher than one you currently have. it will not pay for a second Bachelor's. it would pay for a Master's or certain specialized training( such as a pilot's license)
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Cherice Originally Answered: College degree VS military experience if I want to become a police officer?
It could depend on the police department(s) you are trying to get hired by. You should definitely get a college degree. Getting a degree is one of the best things that you can do if you want to become a police officer. Many departments require or prefer applicants to have college. Having a degree could help you get hired by some departments. Some departments pay their officers more if they have a degree. Having a degree could also help you get promoted during your career. Make the most of your time in college. Get the highest grade point average that you can, participate in a couple extracurricular activities, get a good internship, do some regular volunteer work, don't do anything illegal, and maintain a good reputation. Joining the military might also be a good thing for you to do. There are many benefits that come with being in the military and with being a veteran. Being a veteran can help you get police officer jobs. Veterans get extra points on civil service tests and preference for federal jobs. Some departments that require applicants to have college will waive some or all of their college requirements for veterans. Also, for different reasons, some people simply like to hire qualified veterans whenever they get the chance to. 1. Accounting is a good major. 2. You should get a degree regardless of whether or not you join the military. 3. Many people do. 4. Your chances of getting hired could depend on things such as what department(s) you apply with, when you apply, how well you do on written tests and during interviews, and whether or not you have an acceptable background. Getting police officer jobs is becoming more and more competitive. Do whatever you can to make yourself the best candidate that you can. All else being equal, a candidate that is a veteran with a college degree has a very good chance of getting hired. I would consider joining the military after you get a 4 year degree. Consider trying to become a military officer. Consider local, state, and federal jobs. Best of luck!

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