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Reserve Education Benefits User's Guide

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In addition to tuition assistance you may be eligible for service specific education programs, scholarships, college funds, and other programs that can help you reach your education goals. To learn more about your specific education benefits check out the following related links:

The following table highlights the most common education benefits.


What is it?

Who is Eligible?


Tuition Assistance

Federal Tuition Assistance is a military benefit that pays the cost of tuition and some fees. 

In addition Guardsman may qualify for State Tuition Assistance.

Virtually all military servicemembers are eligible. However each service branch determines its own criteria for eligibility.

Federal Tuition Assistance covers up to 100% Tuition and Fees Not to exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour
  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour
  • $4500 @ Fiscal Year

Montgomery G.I. Bill - for Selected Reserve

MGIB provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible veterans for:

  • College, Business
  • Technical or Vocational Courses
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Flight Training

Reserve and Guard servicemembers who have agreed to a 6 yr. contract.

Up to $368 per month for full-time institutional education (beginning Oct. 1, 2015).

Federal Student Aid

The Federal Government offers students low interest loans and grants to help finance the cost of going to school.

Virtually all citizens are eligible. However the program is needs based, so certain income limits can apply.

The loans and grants are capped each fiscal year and depend on your personal economic circumstances..



Scholarships can come in the form of direct cash, tuition payments, vouchers and waivers.

Each scholarship has its own set of eligibility criteria.

Scholarships can range from as little as $50 dollar book vouchers to  - full rides -  paying for tuition room and board.


Related Topics

Student Aid Tuition Assistance

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