Marines Education Benefits
Giving honor and service to the country can be your means to achieve your educational goals. The Marine Corps offers educational benefits to its members whether you are in active duty, part of the reserve or a veteran.
Tuition Assistance (TA) program - Marines in active duty can get the Marine Tuition Assistance to help them fund their education. If you want to pursue a degree during your off-duty hours, the TA program can give you $250 per semester credit up to $4500 per fiscal year. You can use this benefit for classroom or online courses provided that the course is registered and accredited by the program.
As part the Marines Corps, you can also earn college credits. You can earn the credit from the lectures you receive and the work you perform while on-duty.
Montgomery GI Bill - The Marine Corps also offers the Top-Up Duty Benefit from the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program. The Top-Up Duty Benefit can pay for the remaining cost of your tuition that the TA cannot cover.
Benefits for Veterans - Marine Veterans are also entitled to educational benefits. The Montgomery GI Bill provides educational financial assistance for 36 months that can be used within 10 years after you are honorably discharged. To avail of this benefit, marines must pay $100 for 12 months. The amount you will receive depends on the current full-time entitlement.
Post 9/11 GI Bill - Marine Veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001 can get educational benefit from the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The Post 9/11 GI Bill can fund the entire tuition and fees if you are an in-state student of a public school. For an out-of-state student, the program can give you the equivalent amount of the in-state student tuition. Students of private or foreign schools can get educational funding up to a maximum of $17,500 per academic year. The Post 9/11 GI Bill can be used not just for college degrees but for vocational, technical and certification courses as well. If you are taking a course in a school that is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, you can apply for this program and use it to pay for the remaining cost of your tuition. Moreover, the benefits of Post 9/11 Bill is transferable to the dependents of marine soldiers.