Extra College Money for Military Members and Veterans

If you are in the military or are a military veteran you may be eligible for enough tuition assistance and scholarships to pay for your entire degree – from an Associate’s Degree, to a Bachelor’s Degree, and even up to and including a Master’s Degree. The important thing is knowing where to look. Here are some common programs and scholarships for you to take advantage of.

Military scholarships and tuition assistance programs

Tuition Assistance. Active duty and civilian employers may provide tuition assistance money for eligible participants. Active Duty members can generally receive up to 100% tuition assistance up to a limit per course hour and per year. Guard and Reserve members have different tuition assistance programs. Some civilian companies also offer tuition assistance programs. In all cases be sure to check with your education office or Human Resources office for more details.

GI Bill. The GI Bill can be used by both active duty and veterans. Active duty personnel can use the GI Bill as top up for classes that cost more than the military’s tuition assistance will allow. Veterans and civilians can use the GI Bill to cover tuition costs at any accredited college. Depending on which version of the GI Bill you are eligible for, you can receive a monthly stipend of over $1,200 per month, or starting in August, you may be eligible to receive your entire tuition covered up to the highest tuition of any state university in your state of residence. Here is more information about the GI Bill.

Upromise. Upromise is a free program that allows you to automatically save money for college. To use Upromise you link credit cards and grocery store rewards cards to your Upromise account. When you buy certain items, small deposits are automatically made to your Upromise account. This makes saving for college both free and easy. Set it up once and forget about it. That is, until you need the money for college. Find more information about participating grocery stores. You can sign up for Upromise free through this link – Upromise sign up form.

Military scholarships. There are literally thousands of military scholarships available to active duty, Guard, Reserve and veterans. There are too many to list here, but you can sign up for a free military scholarship newsletter to help you find a scholarship you may be eligible for.

General scholarships. There are hundreds of thousands of scholarships available beyond the scholarships designated specifically for military members. There are many places to find them, all you need to do is look around a little bit. One caveat: Don’t ever pay for scholarship eligibility! Most of these are scams.

Online education programs and military friendly schools. Many online education programs offer favorable tuition and expenses, and some schools offer military members special deals. Here are some websites that offer information for various college education programs:

Get free money for college!

With these resources you should be able to make a career plan and degree plan, and hopefully earn some free money toward your college tuition!

Search GI Bill Schools: You can use this GI Bill School search tool to help find available programs where you can use your GI Bill.

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Date published: July 28, 2011. Last updated: September 26, 2011.

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Ryan Guina is the founder and editor of this site. He is a writer, small business owner, and entrepreneur. He served over 6 years on active duty in the USAF and is currently serving in the IL Air National Guard. He also writes about money management, small business, and career topics at Cash Money Life. You can also see his profile on Google.


  1. TUI Online University says

    TUI University offers a Military Discount Program. In this program, active-duty and retired military personnel can earn up to 28 semester credits (7 courses) per fiscal year toward a Bachelor or Master’s degree at no cost, when using full DoD tuition assistance.

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