Coast Guard Education Benefits
Serving under the US Coast Guard will give you access to great benefits that are not available for most people. The Coast Guard can give you financial aids for further education to help you reach your personal and career goals.
Tuition Assistance (TA) program - The Coast Guard Tuition Assistance can help you get a college degree during off-duty while serving the Coast Guard. You can receive up to $250 per semester hour and can get a total of $4,500 per fiscal year. As long as the school is registered and accredited by the program, you can use the TA program to pay for your desired degree whether you opt for the traditional classroom setting or enroll in an online course.
Coast Guard members are also eligible for the Top-Up Duty Benefit from the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program. You can use the Top-Up Duty Benefit to pay for the difference between your tuition and the funds you can get from Tuition Assistance.
The Coast Guard allows you to earn college credits while in service as well. You can earn the credit from the lectures you receive and the work you perform for the Coast Guard.
Montgomery GI Bill - The Coast Guard also provides educational assistance for its veterans. The Montgomery GI Bill can help Coast Guard veterans get a college degree by providing educational financial assistance for 36 months. This can be used within 10 years after you are honorably discharged. To be qualified for this program you need to sign up and pay $100 monthly in a span of 12 months. The amount you will receive from this program depends on the current full-time entitlement.
Post 9/11 GI Bill - The Post 9/11 GI Bill are for the Coast Guard Veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. The post 9/11 GI Bill can pay for the whole tuition and fees of an in-state public school student. However, if you are an out-of-state student, you can receive an amount equivalent to the in-state student tuition of your school. Students of private schools and foreign schools will receive a maximum of $17,500 per fiscal year. You can use this educational benefit not only for a college degree, but also for vocational courses, technical courses and certification programs.
Yellow Ribbon Program - The Yellow Ribbon Program is another benefit that can help you achieve your educational goals. It can cover the tuition that cannot be accommodated under the Post 9/11 Bill. You can be eligible for this program if the course you are taking is accredited by the program.