Service members, veterans and their spouses have many reasons to seek college degrees. Some service members see it as a means to enhance their current military career, while others prepare for post-service careers. Spouses, a traditionally under-employed segment of the military community, might pursue programs in high demand careers – like teaching and nursing – that allow them to work regardless of where in the world their family calls home.

Unfortunately, earning a degree from a traditional university can be difficult for military members when faced with extended training, deployments and frequent relocations. While most military officers hold at least a bachelor’s degree, only 7% of enlisted service members have earned one, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. There are many institutions and it’s important service members find the right fit, especially when deciding where to commit their precious educational benefits. With that in mind, here are a few tips to consider when looking for a college and some of the best ways to earn a degree when serving in the military: