The choice to go back to school, or seek additional post-secondary education, is a big one. However, pursuing your education is well worth the time and money you invest. As the partner of a military member, the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program can help you explore your education options, including how to pay for school.
If you're considering going back to school, here are a few things to consider:
Common reasons for pursuing higher education
- Higher salary or promotion at your current job
- Interest in pursuing new career opportunities
- Fulfillment of the educational experience
Benefits of earning an advanced degree
The benefits of earning an advanced degree include:
- Higher income. A 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed the median weekly income of an adult with a Bachelor's degree was over $400 more than an adult with only a high school diploma and over $600 more than an adult who never finished high school.
- Lower unemployment rate. The same document reported adults with advanced degrees were significantly less likely to face unemployment in 2014. Workers with a high school diploma had an unemployment rate of six percent, while workers with at least a college degree had less than a 3.5 percent rate of unemployment.
- Family wellness. Children of parents with college degrees are less likely to face poverty and tend to score higher on aptitude tests.
Find more information about your options
The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program can help you find an endless supply of information geared specifically towards military spouses, such as:
- Career paths suited to your interests
- Colleges, institutions and education funding
- Tools for building your resume
- Tips for interviewing
- Career connections and networking with other military spouses and employers
Get the information you need and make that investment in your education and future.