Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) coordinates associate and bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of curriculum areas for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. These degree programs are offered by colleges and universities on or accessible to Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard installations worldwide. Within each curriculum or degree network, member colleges agree to accept each other’s credits in transfer. Servicemembers and their family members in isolated locations can take courses through such “distance learning” methods as the Internet, correspondence, computer, or video. This allows servicemembers to continue earning their degrees during frequent transfers. For more information, visit: www.soc.aascu.org.
If you have a total and permanent disability, you may be eligible to have your federal student loans discharged or cancelled. Visit http://www.studentloanborrowerassistance.org/loan-cancellation/disability-and-death/ for more information.
The VFW Scholarships offers a variety of scholarships to veterans and their families. For more information, visit: http://www.vfw.org/Community/Programs/.
AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, and their children or grandchildren. A child or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. The scholarship provides assistance to high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. For more information, visit: http://www.amvets.org/programs/scholarships/.
The Mehadi Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Lance Corporal Jeff Key, USMC, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Mehadi Foundation scholarship provides assistance with college tuition to veterans who have struggled with addiction but who are at least six months clean and sober and in school. For more information, visit www.mehadifoundation.org.
Disabilities and Education
If you have a documented disability, your educational institution may be required to provide you with certain accommodations, if you notify them of your situation. Even if you do not have a disability under military or VA standards, you may still have a disability that qualifies for accommodations in an academic setting. Also, not all disabilities as determined by the military or VA will qualify for accommodations in academic settings. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is responsible for ensuring that postsecondary institutions comply with federal civil rights laws, including those that protect individuals with disabilities. For more information on your rights, visit www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/back-to-school-2008.html.