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College Resources for Veterans & Active Military

Several education benefits are available to military servicemen and women, Veterans, and their families. Opportunities range from financial assistance to counseling services to informative videos, all created to help military members and their families pursue higher education.

  • The Post–9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits for Veterans and service members (and their families) who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. The bill covers both education and training, and also includes the Yellow Ribbon Programand theTransfer of Entitlement Option.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs actively uses social media to explain its education benefits and provide updates on new opportunities. You can find instructional videos on the VA YouTube Channel and helpful posts on the VA Benefits Twitter Page and the GI Bill Facebook Page.
  • This list of non-VA resources provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs includes plenty of links to additional organizations and programs that support the educational pursuits of Veterans and their families.
  • Massachusetts students and residents can visit the MA Department of Veterans' Services website to find out education programs for Veterans, representatives at state schools, and funding opportunities.
  • The Federal Student Aid site provides information for military families on grants and scholarships, student loan benefits, and financial aid provided from national organizations.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Chris Blunt explains the differences between the various resources available to veterans our Education Benefits for Veterans webinar.
  • created a financial aid guide for military service members that includes scholarships, FAFSA® guidance, and education benefits, all specific to Veterans, active duty military students, and associated family members.
  • The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) offers Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for 36 months to the spouses and dependents of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
  • The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Program makes available 36-45 months of financial assistance for academic programs, apprenticeships, and job training to eligible dependents of Veterans who have died or become disabled due to a service-related condition.
  • This College Guide for Veterans and Servicemembers includes an outline of upcoming changes to the GI Bill, tuition assistance programs for specific branches of the military, scholarships for veterans, loan repayment opportunities, and general guidance on succeding in college.
  • Veterans Upward Bound is a free program that prepares Veterans for post-secondary education through pre-college courses, academic planning, GI Bill and financing assistance, and professional development programming.

Many of the resources listed above, as well as additional opportunities, are found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Visit the site for a comprehensive listing of benefits and services provided to military members and their families.

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