By Hope Griffin

I love to learn. I love to read. I love to discover new perspectives, people and places. Military life provides us with so many amazing opportunities but they aren’t always conventional. So we adapt and find another way.

As a military spouse, I know the demands of the Army come first. It’s just the way it is. But I can adjust. I can learn. I can be resilient in all things and relish the opportunities and advantages that come with being a part of this community. When looking to further my education, there are some key factors in searching for the right school:

  • flexibility
  • reputation
  • accreditation
  • relevance to my career goals
  • financial aid


Every Active Duty and military spouse has one thing in common: change. Flexibility to our ever changing lives is essential. When looking for a school here are some key questions to ask:

  • Will it be flexible enough to change with our lifestyle? I do not want to invest in a school only to lose credits, time, and/or money.
  • Will it work around my career and family? In addition to the demands of the military I am juggling a career I love and a family I want to spend time with. I want quality time in the rare moments we are all together. I want to enhance not sacrifice family and career.
  • Will it offer the support necessary to succeed? It takes a great deal of planning and self-discipline to juggle military life, a career, and training but when I am committed and the school provides adequate support, success is imminent.

Reputation, Accreditation and Relevance

Call me a snob but degrees shouldn’t come from just anywhere. The reputation of the college, the name on the diploma, carries a great deal of weight when looking for a job. I am not looking for a diploma mill or for just a sheet of paper. I desire a degree that will enhance my worth as an employee, equip me for the career I am pursuing, and provide a network of potential employers.

Financial Aid

Even if a school offers flexibility, has a great reputation, is accredited and perfect for my career goals if I can’t afford it I can’t go. When looking for the right school ask what type of financial aid they provide. Do they have reduced tuition rates for military and their spouses, do they participate in the MyCAA program or offer other grants you may qualify for?

It’s a challenge to find all of these key factors in one school which is why it’s important to do some research to find a school that fits with the demands of military life.  Colorado Technical University, (a post-secondary institution that provides career-oriented education at the Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate levels) has consistently demonstrated its dedicationto the success of the military community. CTU offers more than 100 educational programs virtually or in-person at their campuses at Colorado Springs and Denver (Aurora).

With more than 80,000 graduates CTU has a reputation to be proud of. They were ranked by Military Times as Best for Vets school 2 years in a row, named to the list of military friendly schools by G.I. Jobs magazine from 2010-2015, and Military Advanced Education recognized CTU as one of the top universities serving the educational needs of the Armed Forces from 2008-2015. Additionally, CTU’s online Bachelor’s degree programs were recognized by the prestigious US News and World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2015.

Is Colorado Technical University right for you?


hopeFort Bliss Military Spouse of the Year 2015 and AUSA General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Fort Bliss Family of the Year Hope N. Griffin writes about her experience as a military spouse. Hope has an MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary. She writes for various online magazines and blogs, both fiction and non-fiction. Hope currently serves as the Dir. of Family Ministries at First Presbyterian in El Paso, TX. Her free time is spent loving on her children, volunteering, and drinking coffee on the back porch with her soldier. Read more from Hope at