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Military Benefit
All branches of the military service offer some form of education benefits for members and, in some cases, for their families as well. The most famous benefit is the “GI Bill”, yet many others exist as well.
Comprehensive Education Benefits Programs (all branches)
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES): This program offers credit for military training while in the field.
  • GI Bill: The GI Bill has helped veteran service members earn their college degrees, both online and in traditional classrooms, for over 65 years. The Bill also assists with home ownership and starting small businesses. Two versions of the GI Bill exist:
    • Post 9/11 GI Bill: Service members who have been in active duty for at least 90 days since September 11, 2001 qualify for this benefit. It is available to pay all tuition and fees for approved undergraduate and graduate programs. The amount a veteran receives is dependent on length of service; some may receive 100% of tuition and fees, plus housing and book stipends. The Post 9/11 GI Bill also provides some benefits to spouses and dependents.
    • Montgomery GI Bill: The MGIB is offered to active or veteran service members who have served for at least 3 years since June 30, 1985 and have had contributed $100 toward the benefit for at least one year. This comprehensive benefit includes a maximum of $1321 per month for 36 months to use toward tuition and fees, job training, flight training, licensing tests and small business training. The program offers the option to “Buy Up” in which an active member can increase their contribution, to earn a maximum of $5400 per month toward approved education expenses.
  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): For enlisted service members pursuing a degree, the Army may provide 100% tuition coverage.
  • All branches offer some form of tuition assistance and scholarships for spouses and dependents.
Education Benefits Available By Military Branch
U.S. Army
College Loan Repayment Programs: $35-$40K in college loan repayment.
U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps
Loan Repayment Program: The Navy offers up to $65,000 in loan repayment, while the Marines Corps offers up to $35,000 in loan repayment.
U.S. Coast Guard
Coast Guard Foundation Education Grant: A yearly education grant for members at specific grade levels. Grant money can be used toward online college programs.
Vander Putten Education Grant: Members receiving the Coast Guard Foundation Education Grant can further their educations by applying for an additional grant through the Van Putten Education Grant.
U.S. Air Force
College Loan Repayment Program: Graduates of online college degree programs can expect the Air Force to repay up to $10,000 in student loans.