The U.S. Armed Forces offers a wide range
of scholarship and educational programs to personnel, spouses,
dependents, and/or veterans. Every branch of the service offers
the same basic military benefits. These programs change often
and have specific qualification requirements. Some branches
may also offer special incentives, such as enlistment bonuses
of extra college funds, and service specific programs.
joining any branch of the military you may qualify for
a wide range of educational benefits, but they all have
the following common benefits:
• Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
• Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
The VA Education Service, which administers several Education
Benefits Programs, provides general or detailed information
for each benefits programs. Visit the Veteran
Affair’s web site or call GI Bill toll-free number:
1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits
Counselor. The local armed forces recruiting offices can also
provide detailed information regarding educational opportunities
through the military.
Service Specific Programs
There may be many other programs available. The Army offers
a College First program and the Coast Guard has the CSPI program,
for example. Check with the recruiters for full details!
Military Organization Scholarships
Some military organizations offer scholarships to their members,
memebers’ spouse, and/or dependents. Contact the organization’s
you or your parents are members to inquire about possible scholarships.