GI Bill Kickers By Military Branch

Air National Guard College Fund or (MGIB-SR) GI Bill Kicker The Air National Guard (MGIB-SR) Kicker pays up to an additional $350 a month while attending college (or other approved technical school). Paid as a stipend, this incentive pays up to $12,600 over a period of 36 months. Army Reserve GI Bill and Kicker The Army Reserve offers a Selected…

Education Grants for Military Personnel

There are two types of grants available to help military students pay for college: Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs). Generally, to receive a grant, you must be an undergraduate student (someone who hasn’t earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree). You can be enrolled full time or part time. How much can you get? Federal Pell Grants — Award amounts…

Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program 101

Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program Eligibility: Active duty personnel could participate in the Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) if they entered active duty for the first time after Dec. 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985, and made a contribution prior to April 1, 1987. The maximum contribution is $2,700. Active duty participants may make a lump-sum contribution to their VEAP account. For more…

Reader Question: Can education benefits be transferred to grandkids?

Q: I’m a veteran. If my grandson wants to go to college, can I transfer education benefits if I don’t use them? A: Unfortunately, no. Education benefits fall under the Transfer of Entitlement provision. Transfer of Entitlement (TOE): DoD may offer members of the Armed Forces on or after Aug.1, 2009, the opportunity to transfer benefits to a spouse or dependent…

2014 Military Handbooks Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA – Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2014 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military. Download any of the handbooks for FREE or purchase a printed copy. Don’t forget to tell all of your military colleagues about these free…

Choosing a School Based on Principles of Excellence

If you’re looking for a place to pursue or continue your education, you’ve probably visited the GI Bill website. After all, you’ve earned your military education benefits and don’t want to squander them on a mediocre school or burn through them too quickly. You may have noticed something called the VA Principles of Excellence. These are guidelines, created by executive…

Study: 2-Year Tech Program Grads Out-Earn 4-Year Liberal Arts Grads

Note: This story was originally posted before the government shutdown started and Tuition Assistance for servicemembers was up in the air. Thankfully, some colleges have stepped in to help keep education options available, and many will offer the programs mentioned here.   The days of the 4-year degree being a ticket to a high income, just because you finished a…

With Tuition Assistance Dried Up, Some Colleges Picking Up the Slack

With thousands of active duty servicemen and women depending on at-risk Tuition Assistance funding, some colleges are cutting them a break. Columbia College, in Columbia, Missouri, for example, has announced that it is deferring tuition costs for any servicemembers whose educational benefits are affected by the shutdown. Students can seek other means of paying their tuition. If students cannot find…

Helpful Websites for Military Students

Military students – that is, students who serve their country while they work toward completing a degree – have a perspective that is unique to other students. So it makes sense that the resources they need while they’re in college might be a little different than those of the average first year college student. Below is a list of websites…