Military education benefits

Military education benefits for veterans

As a military member, you may be able to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other military education benefits to pay for college, trade schools, flight training, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and non-degree programs. Here is a summary of the major educational benefits for military members.

Education Benefit Description Website with more information
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is a comprehensive education benefit package that covers tuition and fees, housing, book and supply stipend, and more. It provides up to 36 months of education benefits that may used for college, trade school, on-the-job training, apprenticeship, flight training, non-degree programs, and more.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers the tuition for public school in-state students. For those attending private, out-of-state, or foreign schools, tuition and fees are capped at the national maximum rate.
GI Bill website (gibill.va.gov)
Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD, Chapter 30) The MGIB-AD program (Chapter 30) is the GI Bill that applies to veterans who served before the Post 9/11 GI Bill was available. MGIB-AD provides up to 36 months of education benefits that may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Military members needed to contribute $1200 in their first year of service to qualify. GI Bill website (gibill.va.gov)
Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606) The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606) is an educational assistance program for members of the Select Reserve: Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard.
MGIB-SR provides up to 36 months of education benefits that may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components.
Selected Reserve page on the GI Bill website
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607) The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607) is a Department of Defense educational assistance program that provides benefits to members of reserve components who are called or ordered to active service (active duty or full-time National Guard duty) in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress.
The “reserve components” consist of Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard.
REAP provides up to 36 months of education benefits that may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Programs may be combined for up to 48 months total of education benefits.
REAP page on the GI Bill website
Yellow Ribbon Program The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional financial support for private and out-of-state school tuition and fees that are not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Participating schools pay half the cost, and Veterans Affairs pays half. Aid for military families on the Federal Student Aid website
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31) The Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (Chapter 31) helps military members who have service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Military members may use their vocational rehabilitation benefits to pay for tuition and fees and may be given an allowance for course supplies (such as computers, paper, cognitive prosthetics, books) and a living allowance. Vocational rehabilitation on the Veterans Affairs website

The National Guard and the Reserve also offer military educational benefits. Some states offer tuition assistance, fee reductions, and waivers for military members.

See the education office on your base or post if you have questions about your educational benefits.

Education benefits for military spouses and dependents

If you are a spouse or dependent of a military member, you may be able to receive educational benefits. Here is a list of the major benefits available to you.

Education Benefit Description Website with more information
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33 TEB) allows military servicemembers to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children. GI Bill website (gibill.va.gov)
Fry Scholarship (Chapter 33 FRY) The Fry Scholarship (Chapter 33 FRY) provides educational benefits for the children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.

The Fry Scholarship may provide full tuition and fees for public school in-state students, a monthly housing allowance, and books and supplies stipend. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition & fees are capped at a statutory maximum amount per academic year.

GI Bill website (gibill.va.gov)
My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) MyCAA scholarships may provide up to $4,000 for education benefits for eligible military spouses who pursue a license, certificate, certification, or Associate’s Degree in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations. MyCAA Fact Sheet on the Military OneSource website
Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA, Chapter 35) Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA, Chapter 35) are education benefits for the spouse or dependents of a military member who died or is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability. The benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. GI Bill website (gibill.va.gov)
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is a grant for children of military servicemembers who died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Aid for military families on the Federal Student Aid website

See the education office on your base or post if you have questions about educational benefits for your spouse or dependents.

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