As of 2011, approximately 24,500 undergraduate and 13,500 graduate students attend the University of Michigan. The public postsecondary school is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan but offers online and classroom courses and degree programs to students around the globe.
If you combine financial assistance you receive from the University of Michigan’s Student Veterans Assistance Program with other forms of financial aid, you may be able to get all of your college tuition paid for by the government and other public and private organizations. The University of Michigan’s Student Veterans Assistance Program may be available to you whether you served in on active duty in the military, as a reservist or in the National Guard. The purpose of the program is to help you transition from a military to civilian career. Help enrolling in the university’s program is available by contacting the school’s Bursar’s office.
You can use military financial aid programs like the Post 9/11 GI Bill, military branch tuition assistance programs and the Yellow Ribbon program to pay for your tuition. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is effective for up to 15 years after you’re honorably discharged from the military. You can also transfer benefits from the program to your dependents if you opt not attend the University of Michigan or another accredited college or university after you retire from the military.
The military pays your tuition for up to 36 months through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You may also be able to take undergraduate certificate and diploma programs at the University of Michigan and have those courses paid for using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Check with the school’s Bursar’s office to find the types of military and other forms of financial aid you qualify to receive. It’s important that you apply for and get certified by the military to receive the benefits early so you don’t miss course registration or the start of classes.
Through the Yellow Ribbon program you can have four years of tuition paid for by the military. Because you’re a veteran who’s already completed her or his military service commitment, you generally won’t have to agree to serve additional time in the military. Before you enroll in a degree program, review the University of Michigan’s offerings and make sure that the offerings help you to achieve your personal career, training, education and life goals. Also make sure that your academic advisor or enrollment counselor works with you to get you school credits for relevant military experience you have.
Because the University of Michigan offers distance learning programs you can complete your undergraduate or graduate degrees at the school from home if you choose to as long as you have a reliable computer, Internet access and a telephone. Of course, you can also combine online courses with classroom courses or attend school entirely on campus, giving yourself the chance to meet and connect with your professors and classmates face-to-face. Money that you save by participating in the university’s Student Veterans Assistance Program can be used for your personal recreation, to continue your education, start a business and more.