- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) – Contribute to your college costs out of your military pay, and the government will match those contributions on a $2 for $1 basis. Your contributions come directly from your military pay. Funds can be used for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs and vocational flight training programs.
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) – Assistance is also available to daughters, sons or spouses of permanently and totally disabled veterans, veterans who died from service-related disabilities and service members who were missing in action, captured or detained in the line of duty by a foreign power.
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- Montgomery GI Bill – Earn money for college while serving your tour of duty. Active and Reserve duty programs are available. Apply for the Montgomery GI Bill when you enroll in any approved two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school. You’ll find the most current information about the GI Bill, including service requirements and payment rates, at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
- College Funds – Each branch of the military offers specialized education programs and tuition benefits. Talk to your local recruiter to learn about qualification requirements.
- ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) – In ROTC, you receive college funding in exchange for a service commitment. Full ROTC scholarships pay for almost all tuition, fees, and books for four years of college. You must take one military science course along with your other college courses, and upon graduation, enter the service as a commissioned officer. ROTC scholarships also come in one, two, and three-year lengths. For more information, contact:
- Army ROTC: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc
- Navy ROTC: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil
- Air Force ROTC: http://www.afrotc.com
- Service Academies – Each branch of the service operates its own Service Academy offering four-year degrees. All students receive a full scholarship with a small monthly stipend. Upon graduation, you’ll start a career as a commissioned officer in the military. Admission is extremely competitive, so you need to excel in high school and apply early. For more information or applications, contact:
- The U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY): http://www.usma.edu/
- The U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD): http://www.usna.edu/
- The U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO): http://www.usafa.edu/
- The U.S. Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT): http://www.cga.edu
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