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Plan for College

The steps to attend college sometimes seem daunting. Thus, we have provided a checklist to help aid the process. If you need additional help, or if your situation is not covered in this checklist, please contact your educational institution of choice directly for more assistance.

You can also search for types of Degrees, Majors and detailed program information offered throughout the Montana University System at the Program/Degree Inventory Search.

The Veterans Benefits Administration provides a GI Bill Comparison Tool that calculates your benefits and helps you research approved programs.

10 Steps to College Success

Step 1: Decide which school you want to attend.

There are many factors that help decide which school is best for you including proximity, cost and degree programs offered. Cost is often one of the greatest concerns. Veteran benefits may be available in addition to scholarships and/or grants. For scholarship information, contact your school’s financial aid office. For veteran information, contact your school’s veterans office.

The Veterans Benefits Administration provides a GI Bill Comparison Tool that calculates your benefits and helps you research approved programs.

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Step 2: Check Admission Requirements

Requirements for admissions can differ depending on age, numbers of credits taken, and type of program. Please view admission requirements for all details.

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Step 3: Apply for Admission

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Step 4: Apply for Veterans Benefits

Benefits vary due to a host of factors but include time and type of service and residency. You may also be eligible for multiple benefits. Review Veteran Benefits to determine your eligibility.

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Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid

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Step 6: Search for Scholarships

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Step 7: Take Placement Tests (if required)

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Step 8: Attend Orientation

Orientation provides information on campus services, class registration and other information. Check for the availability of veteran specific opportunities.

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Step 9: Register for Classes

Class registration is usually done at orientation with the help of an advisor.

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Step 10: Check out Additional Campus Services

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