State Veteran Benefits Rockies and Southwest

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Arizona
Colorado
Idaho
Nevada
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming

Arizona

ELIGIBILITY:
Arizona Veterans.

BENEFITS:
A veteran or eligible dependent who has applied for educational benefits under the G.I. Bill at state-supported community colleges, colleges and universities may defer payment of tuition, fees and required books for a period of 120 days with no interest charges. If, at the end of such period, the person has not received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs the initial benefit monies for tuition and fees, an extension may be granted until such time benefits are received.

APPLICATION:
Contact the veteran education specialists on the campus that you want to attend.

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Colorado

Tuition Assistance
Any member of the Colorado National Guard is eligible for state tuition assistance, up to 100% tuition paid at any CO state-funded school depending on funding available. State funding can be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance. Deadline for Spring Semester is Dec. 1. Deadline for Fall Semester is July 1. Summer deadline is May 1 (if funding is available).

Eligibility: Colorado National Guard member must serve 2 years for each year granted.

Tuition Assistance for Children of POWs, MIAs, or Disabled/Deceased ARNG
Free tuition in certain State-support schools for children of prisoners of war or persons missing in actions who were Colorado residents when they entered the Armed Forces, or for children of Colorado National Guardsmen who died or were permanently disabled while on State active duty limited to dependents who do not qualify for Federal Education benefits.

Operation Recognition

Operation Recognition is a program to award High School diplomas to deserving and qualified WWII, Korea and Vietnam Era Veterans. Operation Recognition, is authorized by Colorado State Law and is offered by the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Association of School Boards.

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Idaho

Scholarship for children of MIA/POW service member. The service member must be listed as MIA/POW at the time the application is made.

805 W. Franklin St. Boise, ID 83702-5560
Toll Free 1-800-827-1000

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Nevada

ELIGIBILITY:According to the Nevada State Regulation - Tuition shall not be charged to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, on active duty, stationed in Nevada as a result of a permanent change of duty station pursuant to military orders, or a person whose spouse, family or legal guardian is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Nevada as a result of a permanent change of duty station pursuant to military orders.

APPLICATION: Apply through the admissions director at the Nevada college of your choice. (You must fit the required criteria to qualify for certain benefits and these benefits are not guaranteed).

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New Mexico

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Children (age 16-26) of deceased veterans who were New Mexico residents at the time of entry into military service, served during period of armed conflict, were Killed in Action or died as a result of such military service; also children of deceased members of New Mexico National Guard and New Mexico Police killed while on active duty.
  2. Vietnam Veterans' Scholarships - a program created to provide aid for Vietnam veterans who are undergraduate and graduate students attending public and selected private non-profit postsecondary institutions in New Mexico.Applicants and coursework must be certified by the New Mexico Veteran's Service Commission.

BENEFITS:

  1. Full tuition at all state schools; $300 maximum for matriculation, fees, board, room, books, supplies at state colleges.
  2. Maximum award includes tuition, required fees and a book allowance.

APPLICATION:

  1. New Mexico Veterans' Service Commission, PO Box 2324, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2324; telephone: 505-827-6300.
  2. Contact the New Mexico Veterans' Service Commissioin at 1-505-827-6300 or the Financial Aid Office at any New Mexico public or eligible private non-profit postsecondary instition.

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Utah

Although there are no veteran specific Education benefits offered by the State of Utah, Weber State University in Ogden, Offers the Veteran's Upward bound Program (VUB).

The VUB program provides assistance to veterans in obtaining admission to post secondary schools. They will provide tutors to veterans in Ogden and Salt Lake City. All of the services provided by VUB are free to the veteran.

For more information, please call VUB at 801-626-7173 or e-mail: vub@weber.edu

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Wyoming

Educational Benefits for War Orphans and Vietnam Veterans
Free tuition and fees for education to the spouse and children of deceased veterans' (whose death is service connected) and active state service eligibility are now available.

Benefits for War Orphans: Tuition waiver for not more than 10 semesters of credit classes on a full or part-time basis at any of Wyoming's Community Colleges or the University of Wyoming; no expiration date; no requirement of continuous enrollment.

Benefits For Vietnam Veterans: Tuition waiver for not more than 10 semesters of credit classes on a full or part-time basis at any of Wyoming's Community Colleges or the University of Wyoming; no expiration date; no requirement of continuous enrollment.

Application for Widows, War Orphan And Vietnam Veteran Benefits: A War Orphan or Veteran should apply at least two or three weeks before the beginning of the semester at any Wyoming community college or the university where he or she plans to attend.

Wyoming National Guard 100% State Educational Assistance Plan
The 100% State Educational Assistance Plan is for Wyoming National Guard members that want to pursue higher education. The plan pays 100% of the tuition and mandatory fees at Wyoming Junior colleges and at the University of Wyoming. The plan pays a determined amount each year for those private schools in Wyoming that are VA approved.

Guard members can use the state educational assistance to complete one degree or certificate program. This includes: Certificates, Associate, Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program. The combination of Certificate, Associate to Bachelor counts as one degree.

Members can use the MGIB and kicker if qualified with the 100% State
Educational Assistance Plan.

Education Benefits For National Guard Family Members: Matriculation fees and tuition paid in the University of Wyoming or any junior college or vocational training institution in Wyoming for child or spouse of Wyoming National Guard member who dies or sustains permanent total disability from duty as guardsman while on state active duty or any authorized training duty.

Operation Recognition (High School Diploma)
Veterans of WW II, Korea and Vietnam that were unable to complete their Wyoming high school education before entering service, either by draft or enlistment is entitled to have their high school diploma. All Wyoming high schools participate with the Commission in this important program. Even veterans who got their GED certificates after returning home are eligible, too. In cases of closed high schools, diplomas are issued by high schools that took in the closed ones. Application is made through the Commission office.

For more information contact the Wyoming Veterans Commision:

Wyoming Veterans Commission
5500 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009
(307) 772-5145
(307) 772-5202 fax
lbartt@state.wy.us

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