Other Federal Programs
Federal Tuition AssistanceFederal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is available to active duty service members and some drilling members of the National Guard and Reserve components. This program will pay up to $4,500 per year towards tuition expenses, including student fees. Typically, this benefit can be used along with other veterans’ education benefits. Students should apply early if they plan to use FTA as the budget is limited and funds are paid on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To apply for Federal Tuition Assistance:
- Visit www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
- Enter “946” in the “Search by Keyword” field.
- Links for each branch of the military are displayed.
Montgomery GI BillThe Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. MGIB encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
. Under Chapter 30, active duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months, and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation. Under Chapter 1606, a reservist must be actively drilling and have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserve to be eligible.
Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.
Chapter 32 Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP)
VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Benefit entitlement is 1-36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities
to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities too severe to immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Services that may be provided by the VR&E VetSuccess program include post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school.
The Pat Tillman Foundation’s Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their families by removing financial barriers to completing a degree or certification program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.