Over the years, more and more people have decided both to pursue a military career and to seek a military education, as there are many benefits to both. Some students find military school more academically challenging, and parents think that military schools will build their child’s character and teach them discipline. They are all right, but some people decide not to apply because of the cost. As financial need is a common problem, though, there are a lot of ways to get financial aid or scholarships for military school.
First of all, you need to choose a school, and then be persistent, patient and thorough. Don’t give up at the first mention of the cost of military school or if you can’t find financial aid at once. It is not that difficult, although it can be time-consuming and overwhelming. You might need several thousand dollars per month, but if you are persistent in seeking funds, it is doable.
This might seem like a big price for an education, but you have to look at the bigger picture and all the benefits you are paying for. It is an investment in your child’s future, through one of the best educations money can buy. Apart from the cost of the education, military boarding schools also have the costs of daily living of their cadets.
You can get financial aid for military schools from various organizations and/or by schools themselves. Military schools often offer discounts and various other deals that can help you pay for the education. A multi-student discount is normal, for example, for parents sending more than one child to military school.
If your child does exceptionally well at school, showing athletic abilities, intellectual achievement, artistic accomplishment or other specific skills or abilities, it is likely that he or she will be a good candidate for a military scholarship that you will never have to pay back.
There is also need-based financial aid, which can be very helpful. First, there are grants, which are more convenient, but it is harder to get them, as you also won’t have to pay the money back. If you can’t get a grant, you could take out a loan, which requires re-payment. Loans are a great option because they are often without interest and with a specifically designed plan of payment. Finally, if you pay your tuition on time and in full, sometimes military schools may give you a discount.
Applications for financial aid may be in a written form or, more commonly, in a form of online application. You can fill them in together with other applications when you apply for a school, or separately later. You should begin your search for financial aid as soon as possible, especially if it is a condition for your child’s military education, as there are thousands of other applicants out there. Internet and military school web sites are a good place to start.