Veterans Timeline

Getting ready to apply for college? CollegeMapper can help you out. This page will show you at a glance what to work on each year to improve your college applications! If you plan to go to college to focus on the Arts, Military, or Athletics, check out the specialized timelines as well.

Apply For Benefits

Most veterans are able to get some if not all of their tuition covered through financial aid. Make sure you check the GI Bill to see if you qualify. Check out the Department of Veterans Road Map For Success.

Use the Jobs Skills Translator

Most veterans aren't sure what they want to do when they get out of the Service or how the skills used in the military are applicable to civilian life. Use the Military Skills Translator to learn how your skills are applicable to everyday jobs.

Find Your Program

Once you've decided what sort of career you would like to have do some research about what program is right for you to major in at college.

Pick a School

Once you know what program you would like a school to have, do some research about what college is the best fit. Remember to keep in mind that you should pick a school with veteran support programs.

Check out the Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program helps veterans find schools with strong supports and also helps students pay for school.

Take the CLEP

Make sure you get credit for your military experience. The CLEP tests let veterans earn college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 introductory-level college subject exams. Register for the test here.

Do SAT and ACT Test Prep

Complete your SAT/ACT prep. There are many options for test prep. You can take a course, use a private tutor or do self-guided prep with a test prep book. Make sure you study for 6-10 weeks prior to the test.

Take the SAT and/or ACT

Most students take the SAT and ACT two times before they apply to college. In order to do that you should plan to take the first round in late fall the year before you apply. Then you can take the second round in spring before you apply. It is important to note that these tests are not available in the summer so make sure you plan ahead. To register head to the College Board and the ACT.

Send transcripts from both high school and college

It will depend upon the program but most colleges will want to see these transcripts even if they are old. Contact your high school and all colleges you have taken any classes at.

Write Your Essays

The essays are one of the most important parts of a college application. Make sure that you keep track of all of the essay prompts and leave plenty of time to have them edited. For more tips on how to write a great essay check out the videos and tips pages.

Create a Resume

It is important to keep your resume up to date so that you do not forget any of your accomplishments. It gets really difficult to remember as time goes on, so stay on top of it and show those colleges all of the great things you are or have been involved in.

Seek Support

No matter what school you end up at is very important to join a veterans support group as soon as you get there. Colleges also have writing and math labs that are free for you to go to as much as you like.