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As an active duty servicemember, military spouse, or veteran of the Armed Forces, you’ve earned your benefits, so why not use them? Your benefits could cover up to 100% of the cost of your education!

At CollegeAmerica, our military financial planners will work with you one-on-one to build a personalized financial aid plan that accounts for all the financial aid benefits you may qualify for. The following is just a sample of the benefits that could help you afford your degree.

Available Military Benefits

01 | Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves

Military Tuition Discounts

If you’re currently serving in any branch of the Armed forces, or if you’re a current employee of the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs, you could qualify for military tuition discounts! The tuition discounts make it significantly easier to afford college. Go here for more information.

Top Up

If the remaining cost of your tuition is greater than what Tuition Assistance covers, you can utilize Top Up to help make up the difference. To use this benefit, you must qualify for GI Bill benefits and fulfill eligibility requirements for Tuition Assistance.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you’ve served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or if you have been honorably discharged with a service-related disability after 30 consecutive days, this benefit could cover up to 100% of your college tuition and fees.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

You could have a significant amount of your tuition and fees covered if you paid into this program while on active duty. The Montgomery GI Bill pays you directly instead of the institution, so make sure to discuss a reasonable payment plan with your assigned military financial planner.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill

This benefit applies to you if you are a member of the Selective Reserve or the National Guard who has enlisted or re-enlisted with a commitment to serve six or more years on or after July 1, 1985. This benefit is paid to you directly instead of to the college, so make sure to discuss a reasonable payment plan with your assigned military financial planner.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is designed to help reservists and members of the National Guard who have been called to active duty in response to war or national emergency for at least 90 cumulative days since 9/11/2001. This benefit is paid to you directly instead of to the college, so make sure to discuss a reasonable payment plan with your assigned military financial planner.

Kickers & Additional Contributions

“Kickers” make up part of an enlistment contract. They are sometimes called the Army College Fund. Kickers are predetermined amounts of money that are disbursed in equal installments throughout the duration of the period that you qualify for Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 benefits. Speak with a specialized military admissions consultant today for more details.

02 | Veterans

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you’ve served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or if you have been honorably discharged with a service-related disability after 30 consecutive days, this benefit could cover up to 100% of your college tuition and fees.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

You could have a significant amount of your tuition and fees covered if you paid into this program while on active duty. The Montgomery GI Bill pays you directly instead of the institution, so make sure to discuss a reasonable payment plan with your assigned military financial planner.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

If you chose to contribute to VEAP from your military pay, the federal government will match what you’ve paid in on a two-for-one basis. VEAP benefits have to be used within 10 years after your honorable release from service.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon program assists veterans who are 100% eligible for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill and whose cost of tuition and fees exceed the annual cap by providing tuition assistance. Half of your remaining cost for tuition and fees for the fiscal year will be covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs once your annual cap is reached.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

This benefit could potentially pay for the whole cost of your tuition and fees. Vocational Rehabilitation was set up to provide educational support to qualifying veterans who are entering the workforce. To use this benefit, you must meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who will help you develop an education plan.

03 | Military Spouses

Tuition Assistance for Military Spouses

If your spouse is currently serving on active duty for any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, or if your spouse is currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves, you are eligible for special military tuition discounts. Go here for more information.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program

MYCAA offers educational assistance to spouses of active duty servicemembers who wish to earn an associate’s degree or complete a certificate program. If you qualify, you could receive up to $4,000 with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (Oct 1–Sept 30).

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 Bill to Dependents

Your military spouse may be able to transfer his or her unused Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits to you or to your dependent children. This benefit could potentially pay for 100% of your total tuition and fees up to $19,198.31 per fiscal year (Aug 1–July 31).

Fry Scholarship

This scholarship offers Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits to dependents of servicemembers who have died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. If you or your dependent children are eligible, this benefit could potentially cover a significant portion of your tuition and fees.

Chapter 35 Survivor and Dependents Assistance

If your military spouse died in the line of duty, or if he or she become totally or permanently disabled in the line of duty, Chapter 35 can provide financial assistance to you or your dependent children which can be used to help pay for college tuition and fees. This benefit pays to you directly instead of to the institution, so make sure to discuss a reasonable payment plan with your assigned military financial planner.
Fresh Start Scholarships Available to Veterans and Family

To learn details about each scholarship program at CollegeAmerica, click on the links below.

2016 Your Future Scholarships

Adult Student Scholarships

High School Student Scholarships

GED® Recipient Scholarships

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President of CollegeAmerica

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