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Military Education Programs

There are numerous programs available for men and women who serve or have served in the United States military. The form of assistance and amount of benefits is dependent on the type of service (i.e. Air Force, Navy).

The Military’s Tuition Assistance program is available for full-time members of all types of military service and provides 100 percent of tuition to a maximum of $4,200 annually and $250 per credit.

The Montgomery GI Bill is an initiative for Armed Forces veterans with three or more years of service. Dependent on his or her enrollment status, a veteran might receive monthly payments to assist with tuition expenses. The maximum amount the Montgomery GI Bill will reimburse is $39,000. Reserve and National Guard members are entitled to assistance from the Montgomery GI Bill, although with a lower cap on the amount of financial aid.

If qualified, the Army College Fund and Navy College Fund will furnish tuition assistance, in addition to the Montgomery GI Bill benefits. Qualification is determined by the occupation held by the service member.

The Post -9/11 GI Bill was instituted to assist members of the military, Reserves and National Guard, who have served a minimum of 90 continuous days since September 10, 2001, with tuition, books, supplies and living expenses. The amount the Post-9/11 program will pay is calculated on how long the service member was activated. The longer a member is enlisted, the higher the amount of financial support. If a service member commits to additional service time, he or she may share educational benefits with his or her immediate family under this program.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, wherein educational institutions voluntarily contribute funds over and above the amounts received by a service member through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Universities and colleges participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program determine how much they are willing to donate. Veterans Affairs matches the donation amount. This gives service members the opportunity to pursue an education that otherwise might not be possible due to Post-9/11 GI Bill restrictions.

Members of the Armed Forces, Marine Corps and Coast Guard may apply for financial aid from College Fund Programs to supplement monies received through a GI Bill.

Full-time Army members may apply to have approved (i.e. Perkins, Stafford) students loans repaid according to the number of years served under a Loan Repayment Program. Maximum payable is one-third of the loan payable per year, up to a total of $65,000. Full-time Navy members have a Loan Repayment Program as well, but under different criteria. The member must qualify for specific fields, as determined by the Navy. No previous education, other than secondary school, or military experience is required.