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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 Reserve Montgomery GI Bill up to $11,124. If you qualify for and accept a critical skill position in the Army Reserve you could earn up to $23,724 with the MGIB Kicker. Army National...

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 can change yearly. The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2013-14 award year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) is $5,635....

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 information, visit the GI Bill web site. Service members who participated in VEAP are eligible to receive...

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 children. DoD and the military services must approve all requests for this benefit. Members of the Armed Forces approved for the TOE may only transfer any unused...

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 handbooks too!   2014 Military Handbooks - Now Available - 2014 AFTER THE MILITARY HANDBOOK - 2014 BASE INSTALLATION...

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 order in 2012 for schools who receive Federal funds. On-the-job training programs, apprenticeship programs, foreign schools, high schools, residency...

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 bachelor’s, may be coming to an end – if they ever really existed at all. The reason: While employers are cutting back on hiring four-year degree holders...

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 another way to pay their tuition, the college will allow students to withdraw with no penalty. Grantham University, a prominent...

Congress Favors Unionized Gov’t Workers Over Funding Disabled Vets and Education Benefits

While the well-connected public employees union workers got a nice, fat payoff Friday, America’s disabled veterans and those looking to attend school on promised GI Bill benefits still have to wait on pins and needles. The House voted overwhelmingly to award unearned back pay to government workers furloughed due to the government shutdown. Both the President and the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) have expressed support. But the Democratic-controlled Senate still refuses to consider a House bill that funds key veterans’...

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 that we’ve found helpful for military students. From student support organizations to scholarship assistance to academic help, these are some of our favorites. We can’t possibly...

Reserve Educational Assistance Program

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607 of Title 10, U.S. Code) is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to provide benefits to members of the reserve components who are called or ordered to “Active service” in response to a war or national emergency; as declared by the President or Congress. The “reserve components” consist of Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. Eligibility: You...

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