Navy Education Benefits
Serving the country under the Navy can help you realize your dreams of higher education. The Navy offers numerous educational benefits to its members on active duty, veterans and reserve.
Tuition Assistance (TA) program - Navy servicemen on active duty and those on reserve can utilize the Navy Tuition Assistance if ever they wish to pursue a degree while serving the Navy. The Navy Tuition Assistance can give you up to $250 per semester hour and has a limit of 16 semester hours per academic year. This is applicable for both campus-based and online schools as long as your school is registered and accredited with the program.
The Navy also has what is called the Navy College Program, which allows you to get college credit for the training you received and the work you performed while serving the Navy. You can also use the Top-Up Duty benefit from the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) program. This can help cover for educational expenses that the Tuition Assistance cannot accommodate.
Post 9/11 GI Bill - Navy service members who served on or after September 11, 2001, can possibly get a degree for free with the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This program can cover your full tuition and fees if you are an in-state student in a public school. However if you are an out-of-state student, the educational aid you will receive is equivalent to the tuition and fees of an in-state student in your school. Private school or foreign school students on the other hand, will receive a maximum of $17,500 per academic year. To compensate for the difference between your tuition and the funds you receive from the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you can apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program provided that you are enrolled in an accredited school. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is also transferable to dependents of Navy service members. The benefits may be used for vocational courses, technical degrees or certification programs.
Benefits for Veterans - Navy Veterans can likewise utilize financial aids for education. With the Montgomery GI Bill, honorably discharged veterans can get an educational benefit for 36 months that can be used within 10 years after they leave the Navy. Navy sailors can be eligible for this program if they sign up and pay $100 for 12 months. The funds you can get vary and depend on the current full-time entitlement.