The growing cost of tuition may be difficult to handle, but the Tuition Assistance Program of the Military provides service members the ability to enroll in classes at universities, accredited colleges, junior colleges and vocational-technical schools. Each Service has exceptional systems that will help from professional certifications into a graduate degree. To qualify, there are often conditional demands – such as having a minimum time remaining in your service contract along with a limitation on credit hours (or dollars) per year. Some plans, such as the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative, additionally require that you attend a school from a list that is designated.
Tuition Assistance pays for up to 100 percent of the cost of expenses or tuition, up to a maximum of an individual maximum of $4,500 per fiscal year per pupil. along with $250 per credit This program is the same for fulltime-duty members in all Military Services. Selected Reserve and National Guard units also offer Tuition Assistance Systems, although the benefits may vary from the program of the Active Duty.
As of Aug. 1, 2011, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will now pay all public school in state tuition and fees. The total benefit amount a person may receive is computed from these numbers:
Tuition and fees payment (to not exceed the highest public in state undergraduate tuition and charges in each state)
Allowance for books and materials ($1,000 per year)
The specific benefit amount will vary based on an individual’s absolute length of service. For instance, those who have served 30 continuous days just before dispatch or at least 36 months to get a service-connected impairment can get a monthly housing stipend and fees, maximum tuition and a yearly stipend for books and equipment. These benefits are payable for up to 15 years following a member’s honorable discharge or retirement from service.
Another aspect of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the Yellow Ribbon Program. Colleges and universities that participate in this plan give additional resources toward educational costs that exceed the maximums allowed by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Associations may set the amount they wish to give, which Veterans Affairs match. This can be very beneficial for students at universities and private schools, graduate programs or those attending with out-of-state standing.
View an inventory of institutions that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program
The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers members the ability to share educational benefits with family members. In exchange for yet another service commitment, a service member might manage to transfer all or a part of his or her earned advantages to partners and children (including stepchildren). This opens up new chances for their loved ones and service members and is a first for the GI Bill.
For examples and maximum allowances state-by-state, go to the Veterans Affairs GI Bill site or talk to a recruiter.
College Fund Programs
College Fund Systems (also known as the GI Bill “kicker”) offer one more amount of cash that may be added to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Navy, Marine Corps and the Army all have College Fund Programs; however, each Service branch determines who qualifies for the College Fund along with the sum received. College Fund Programs are offered to service members when they initially join the Military. Two compulsory qualifications are you currently should have a high school diploma and you also have to be enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Depending on your Service, test scores and occupation, there can also be added demands. Speak with a recruiter to figure out if you’re eligible and also to ask for an application.