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Education Benefits for Veterans

In light of Memorial Day, it makes sense to take look at some of the education benefits available to members of the military who have served their country with honor.

Given how much veterans put on the line to serve, it’s good to know that there may be a wide variety of scholarship options available. Also, many of the tuition benefits available to active duty students also apply to veterans who qualify. So be sure to speak to your admissions advisor if you think you may be eligible or visits www.va.gov for more information.

Now let’s take a look at three ways eligible veterans may help fund their education:

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scholarships

  • VFW provides 25 scholarships each year of $3,000 each
  • Must be a VFW member who has served at least two full years of active duty within 36 months of the December 31 annual deadline.  
  • Available to all branches of service and recipients may elect to use the scholarship for a spouse or family member[i]

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

  • Available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate
  • If eligible, contributions are matched by the government on a $2 for $1 basis
  • Benefit entitlement is 1-36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions
  • Must have entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 [ii]

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

  • 12 months of training assistance to eligible veterans
  • Must be unemployed at date of application
  • Must not have received dishonorable discharge
  • Must not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program
  • Must be enrolled in a VA-approved program [iii]

For a full list of programs for retired servicemembers, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

 


[i] http://www.vfw.org/resources/pdf/militaryscholarship.pdf
[ii] http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/veap.html

[iii] http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm

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