Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance

Life in the military has its share of sacrifices and challenges. But being a hero for the country also has numerous benefits including financial assistance for a college education. Whether you are in active service or a veteran, there are different educational benefits that can help you obtain a college degree.

Tuition Assistance (TA) program - Each branch of the military has a Tuition Assistance (TA) program. Service members in active duty status who want to earn a college education while on off-duty can apply for this financial assistance. TA allows you to get $250 per semester credit hour and has a $4,500 ceiling per fiscal year. The Tuition Assistance program is available either for classroom or online courses as long as it is offered by accredited schools.

  • GI Bill - The GI Bill is another great benefit from the military. The main purpose of this bill is to help the military servicemen adapt to civilian life after military duty. The GI Bill can aid in funding your college education to propel you to your new career. Depending on when you served, you can choose between the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill. The financial assistance provided by the GI Bill can also be used for non-degree courses such as vocational courses, certification programs and apprenticeship programs.

    • Post 9/11 GI Bill - The Post 9/11 GI Bill is available for those who served on or after September 11, 2001, and discharged honorably with at least 90 days of cumulative service or at least 30 days if you received a disability discharge. The Post 9/11 GI Bill can cover your full tuition in fees if you are an in-state student in a public school. If you are an out-of-state student, you can receive the amount equivalent to the in-state tuition and fees at that school. However, if you are attending a private college, you can receive a maximum of $18,077.50 per academic year. Unused educational benefits under the Post 9/11 bill can be transferred to the spouse or children of service members.

      • Montgomery GI Bill - If you served before September 11, 2001, you can utilize the Montgomery GI Bill to help you pursue your educational goals. The Montgomery GI Bill (MIGB) can help you fund your tuition for 36 months and can be used within 10 years after your discharge from service.

        Yellow Ribbon Program - The Yellow Ribbon Program is another beneficial aid available for military servicemen. If you are an out-of-state student or studying in a private school, you can use the Yellow Ribbon Program to pay for the difference between your tuition and the financial aid you received from the GI Bill. You can utilize this benefit as long as you are enrolled in a school participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

        Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) - The military also offers educational assistance for the military spouse. One of these benefits is the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA). Spouses of junior service members are eligible for this benefit. MyCAA allows you to receive up to $4000 in total for the duration of your educational program. You can use it for up to three years since you started your course. You can utilize MyCAA to help you fund an associate degree, certification courses or licensure courses, but not for higher-level degrees.