US Department of Veterans Affairs - Education Benefits
While the Post 9/11 GI Bill is the newest addition to education benefits for veterans, there are a variety of programs that provide financial support to active duty servicemembers and veterans. The U.S. Veterans Affairs website has extensive information on eligibility requirements, as well as an online application and other forms necessary for an initial application. Specific program details are located here.
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-0SR)
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901)
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
National Call to Service
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America - IAVA - NewGIBill.org
Reservists and National Guard Members - New Jersey National Guard Program
New Jersey has a generous and unique program for National Guard members, which offers free tuition for up to 15 undergraduate or graduate credits. Learn more here.
The Fund for Veterans Education
Established in 2001, the fund accepts applications from Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Endurance Freedom (OIF/OEF) veterans deployed for 60 days or for less than 60 days in the case of discharge due to a service-related injury or condition. Learn more here.
GI Bill Aid from Military.com
The GI Bill is an education benefit earned by Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard servicemembers. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administered differently - depending on a person's eligibility and duty status. Subscription to Military.com is required. To learn more, visit here.
Federal Student Aid Programs - Military.com
The federal government offers several Financial Student Aid Programs. These programs offer you extremely low interest loans and grants (free money). Unlike the GI Bill, Federal Student Aid is designed to assist you in meeting the cost of tuition, books, and living expenses while you go to school. That means that once the school has taken its share, the remaining loan or grant balance goes to you.
Military servicemembers are eligible. It doesn't matter whether you are active duty, reserve, veteran, retiree, on MGIB, or not -- you should be taking advantage of these programs. There are numerous examples of even senior active duty members receiving federal loans and large grants. Remember: grants are gifts that you don't repay! Learn more here.
DANTES Desktop Reference for Education Benefits
The DANTES Desktop Reference for Education Benefits will help you locate the basic education benefits available to servicemembers, depending on uniform color and status. Listed here are education benefits for active duty, Reserve, and Guard personnel.
Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program
The Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program provides additional education benefits to veterans eligible for federally funded education programs and who served on active duty from December 31, 1960 to May 7, 1975, and who were legal residents of New Jersey at the time of induction into the Armed Forces or at the time of discharge from active service or for a period not less than one year prior to making application. The amount of the award is $400 annually, or $200 per semester for full-time attendance, and $100 per semester for part-time. For further information, contact your school official in charge of veterans' affairs or by calling New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at 609-530-6854. Deadlines for applying are October 1 and March 1. Link - Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program.
The Guardian Scholarship Fund
College-bound children of National Guardsmen who lost their lives in support of the war on terrorism can now apply for up to $25,000 in scholarship funds from DRS Technologies, a New Jersey-based defense contractor. The Guardian Scholarship Fund will be administered by the National Guard Educational Foundation. The first awards will be made in time for the fall semester this year. Students will receive up to $6,250 per year for four years if they attend a four-year institution. For those attending a two-year program at a community college or technical school, the scholarship will provide up to $6,250 for both years. Qualified applicants can learn more and apply on line at http://www.ngef.org/index.asp?bid=300. A video about the program and an explanation of how to donate to the fund can be seen at http://www.drsfoundation.net/guard. More than 650 Guardsmen have died in the line of duty since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Post-911 GI Bill and Other Programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program. Check the three steps to your 9/11 GI Bill benefits.