Getting Started

The Military Student Office can walk you through the process. It is simple, straight-forward, and efficient.

Step 1: Establish your benefits

You must first determine what your benefits will be. If you are a Veteran using one of the GI Bills®, you must first select which benefit you will use. Then you must apply for that benefit using the Veterans On-line Application (VONAPP) Within about six weeks you should receive your Certificate of Eligibility. You don't have to wait to begin your studies. Stratford will let you start before you have received this Certificate.

If you are active duty, you can apply for Tuition Assistance with your post Education Service Officer to determine your eligibility. Military students using Tuition Assistance can also use “Top-up” which allows VA to reimburse an individual for all or a portion of the charges for a course or courses that are not reimbursed under certain military education programs.

Step 2: Select your program of study

Decide what type of program interests you. Focus on your long term career objectives and select an area that will inspire you. Our Admissions Department can help with this selection. You may also want to talk to a program Dean to determine your options within a particular field. The Military Student Office can help you set up these appointments.

Step 3: Get credit for prior work

We want you to get credit for your prior work. We have programs for credit by examination, transfer credits from other schools, and credit for work experience. The Military Student Office can help you determine how to apply this prior work to the program of study which you have selected. As soon this prior credit has been established, we can set up a program of study specifically for you. Our goal is to help you get your degree as quickly as possible.

Step 4: Enroll and start classes

The Military Student Office can help you get started with your education at Stratford. We will help you navigate the benefits application process. We will help you select your program of study. We will help you get credit for prior work. We will help you complete the enrollment forms and make arrangements with the Business Office. Finally, we will help you cope with the stress of academic life. Give us a call and get your academic program started today.

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