January 19th, 2011
Soldiers who are returning home from active-duty service may feel the pressure to enter the workforce quickly. However, many career paths require some postsecondary education. Online colleges are making it possible for veterans to obtain a degree without having to face large student loan debt.
Recently, Kaplan University was named one of the most military friendly schools in the country. Its campus is based in Davenport, Iowa. However, more students from abroad and veterans alike are enrolling in online classes at Kaplan to earn higher degrees. Military Advanced Education magazine recognized the school earlier this week.
"Service members have the drive and the discipline to succeed in college; what they need is the flexibility that will allow them to do so while they serve," said Scott Kilgore, senior vice president of military affairs and U.S. Army veteran. "Our goal is to provide that flexibility with rigorous and meaningful learning.”
More than 75,000 individuals are enrolled at Kaplan, which offers 125 academic in programs, ranging from liberal arts to humanities.
The average salary for students who graduated with bachelor's degrees or higher in 2008 was $45,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Education.