Education Options: Military

The United States government provides special programs to men and women who serve in the military through the GI Bill. These programs aren’t just available to soldiers, but in some cases family members as well. The GI Bill provides a variety of education opportunities for qualifying individuals.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

After September 11, many American citizens decided to enlist in the military. The GI Bill offers more benefits than previous versions to reward citizens who step up to service. The bill was revamped because many of the citizens joining the military already had a productive work life; however, put those careers on hold to protect and fight for their country.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays tuition, books and other fees for qualifying individuals. Qualifying criteria includes:

  • Currently on active duty or obligated to the selected reserve,
  • Honorably discharged, or
  • Permanently disabled.

Partial benefits are also available, based on your length of military service. Tuition for both full and partial benefits assumes the participant will attend a state school. If you need additional assistance with costs, however, there are a couple of programs to supplement costs.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program. If Post-9/11 GI participants select a private college, rather than a state school, this program can assist in paying the difference between the GI Bill award and the actual cost of attending the private college.
  • Survivor and Dependent Benefits. If a solider is permanently disabled or killed during service, the spouse and children may receive up to 45 months of assistance with college tuition and fees. However, there is a 10 year limit on the spouse’s use of this benefit. Children can use the benefit between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age.

Remember, the benefit isn’t exclusively for a bachelor’s degree or higher. Vocational training and certificate programs are also eligible for these programs. Prospective programs, however, must be approved by the VA.
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