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As a veteran, active-duty servicemember, or military spouse, you know that your educational benefits aren’t free. You’ve earned them through your service and sacrifices. Why not use these benefits to your full advantage?

At Independence University, our military financial specialists will help you make a personalized financial aid plan that includes all the financial aid for which you may qualify. Listed below are just a few of the benefits that could help you pay your tuition.

Available Military Benefits

01 | Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves

Military Tuition Discounts

If you’re an active duty servicemember in the U.S. Armed Forces, or if you’re serving in the Reserves or the National Guard, you could qualify for military tuition discounts! This benefit also applies to those employed by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs. For more information, go here.

Top Up

If your tuition costs more than Tuition Assistance provides, this benefit can help you pay the difference. You are required to be eligible for GI Bill benefits and to meet the eligibility requirements for Tuition Assistance.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

This benefit is for servicemembers who have served for at least 90 days on active duty after 9/11/2001 or who were discharged after 30 consecutive days with a service-related disability. For veterans, honorable discharge is required. For those who are eligible, this benefit could cover as much as 100% of tuition and fees.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

If, while on active duty, you paid into this benefit, it could cover a significant amount of your tuition and fees. This benefit pays you directly rather than paying the institution, so be sure to arrange payment with the university’s military financial planner.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill

This benefit is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlisted on or after July 1, 1985, with a commitment to serve for six or more years. This benefit pays you directly rather than paying the institution, so be sure to arrange payment with the university’s military financial planner.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP assists reservists and National Guard members called to active duty for at least 90 cumulative days in response to war or national emergency after 9/11/2001. This benefit pays you directly rather than paying the institution, so be sure to arrange payment with the university’s military financial planner.

Kickers & Additional Contributions

“Kickers” are part to an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. Kickers are fixed dollar amounts disbursed in equal installments during the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients.

02 | Veterans

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

This benefit is for servicemembers who have served for at least 90 days on active duty after 9/11/2001 or who were discharged after 30 consecutive days with a service-related disability. For veterans, honorable discharge is required. For those who are eligible, this benefit could cover as much as 100% of tuition and fees.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

If, while on active duty, you paid into this benefit, it could cover a significant amount of your tuition and fees. This benefit pays you directly rather than paying the institution, so be sure to arrange payment with the university’s military financial planner.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

If you elected to participate in VEAP by making contributions from your military income, the federal government will match your contributions two for one. You must use your VEAP benefits within 10 years after your honorable release from active duty.

Yellow Ribbon Program

This benefit provides tuition help to veterans who are 100% eligible for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill and whose tuition and fees exceed the annual cap. Once you reach your annual cap, the Department of Veteran Affairs will cover half of your remaining tuition and fees for the fiscal year.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation provides educational support to eligible veterans who are entering the workforce. This benefit could cover all your tuition and fees. To use this benefit, you must meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop your education plan.

03 | Military Spouses

Tuition Assistance for Military Spouses

If you’re the spouse of an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or if your spouse is currently serving in the Reserves or National Guard, you could qualify for military tuition discounts! For more information, go here.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program

This benefit provides educational assistance to active-duty servicemember spouses who are pursuing an associate’s degree or completing a certificate program. If eligible, you could qualify for a lifetime limit of up to $4,000, with a maximum of $2,000 per fiscal year of the Department of Defense (Oct. 1–Sept. 30).

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

If your spouse is a qualifying active-duty servicemember, he or she may be able to transfer his or her unused Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits to you or your dependent children. This benefit could cover all your tuition and fees up to $19,198.31 per fiscal year (Aug. 1–July 31).

Fry Scholarship

This benefit provides Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits to dependents of servicemembers who, after 9/10/2001, died in the line of duty. If you or your dependent children qualify for this benefit, it could cover a significant portion of your tuition.

Chapter 35 Survivor and Dependents Assistance

This benefit provides financial assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who died or are totally or permanently disabled due to their service. You can use this benefit to help pay tuition and fees. This benefit pays you directly rather than paying the institution, so arrange payment with the university’s military financial planner.

“We’ve geared all of our degree programs to be not only career-specific, but to be focused on that adult learner who’s coming back to school and needs additional support, needs focused curriculum, needs career-specific curriculum, rather than a lot of electives that may not really add any value to their future career.”

– Eric Juhlin
President of Independence University

 

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