For example, family members are eligible to use the benefits of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Program, Scholarships and Grants, and the Spouse and Dependent Eduaction Assistance program (DEA).
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
SOC member schools understand the hardships military (family) students face due to frequent transfers, so they have designed credit transfer practices that minimize loss of credit and avoid duplication of course work. Many SOC institutions also award credit for tests such as the CLEP, ECE, and DSST national testing programs.
Scholarships and Grants
In addition, each service or designated service aid organization, offers family members special education benefits like tuition assistance, grants, and loans. These benefits are often specific to your current Permanent Duty Station or other criteria.
Visit our Military Family Education Assistance page to get more details on the many programs offered to military family members.
And don't forget to check out Military/Veteran Scholarship opportunities. Thousands of scholarship specifically designed for military family members go unused each year. Check out the Military.com Scholarship Finder. This free service helps our members locate the military scholarship that best fits their needs.
Spouse and Dependents Education Assistance
VA also has a program for Survivor and Dependent Education Assistance (DEA) that provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition.
The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Contact the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 for more information about the DEA program.
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