Air Force Education Programs
Like the other military branches the Air Force offers its members great opportunities to get a college education. These programs are generally referred to as Voluntary Education or Vol. Ed. The Community College of the Air Force offers the following programs to help airmen reach their education goals.
If you are Active Duty, the Air Force will pay up to 100% of your college Tuition. Click here to get more information.
Tip: You may be eligible for more than one educational benefit. Knowing when each is best for your situation can save you money and ensure you get the most out of your benefits. Click here to get "Answers-at-Glance" before you start using your benefits.
The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
CCAF is the only degree-granting institution of higher learning in the world dedicated exclusively to enlisted people. If you are a motivated, career-oriented airmen or NCO, CCAF can offer you a unique opportunity to earn a job-related, two-year Associate in Applied Science degree. CCAF is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
SOC colleges and universities are dedicated to helping you and your family get college degrees. You can take courses in your off-duty hours at or near military installations in the United States, and overseas.
Other Air Force Education Resources
Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP)
If you are a college student or graduate who qualifies for the Loan Repayment Program (LRP), the Air Force will pay, upon enlistment, up to $10,000 of your student loans acquired from a college level education.
Click here to learn more about the Loan Repayment Program.
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
The centerpiece of the Air Force Aid Society's education initiatives is the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program which provides grants to selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies. The value and success of this program, is demonstrated in the 74,679 grants disbursed since the first awards were made for the 1988-1989 academic year. In recognition of escalating college costs, the Society has increased the award amount to $2,000 for all qualifying applicants.
This grant program remains competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors, and is administered by ACT Recognition Program Services. ACT, located in Iowa City IA, is an independent, not-for-profit organization with over 40 years experience in providing support services to scholarship sponsors.
Awards for each academic year are announced in June each year. Use of funds is limited to tuition, books and fees, or other direct educational expenses.
Click here for details and learn how to apply for the AFAS Grant.
General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP)
The purpose of the Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) is to provide partial tuition assistance for spouses of Active Duty airmen or officers, who accompany members to overseas locations and will be attending college programs. The focus of the program is on the completion of degree or certificate programs that provide increased occupational opportunities for spouses.
The program provides tuition Assistance (TA) at a rate of 50% of unmet tuition charge per course, with a maximum of $1,500 per academic year and a term maximum, which is calculated by dividing the annual maximum ($1,500) by the number of terms within the academic year. For purposes of this program, "academic year" is defined as the 12-month period beginning August 1 through July 31 of each year.
Click here for more details on how to apply for the STAP.
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