There are several benefits available to military spouses that provide assistance in pursuing a postsecondary degree and advancing their career goals. The grants, scholarships, and programs listed below will give you the opportunity to earn a college degree or a vocational training certificate of your choice.
Military Services Education Assistance Programs
Members of the military and their immediate families have access to education assistance programs. Here are a few examples:
Through the CGMA Supplemental Education Grant Program, service members and eligible family members can receive financial assistance to cover some of the costs associated with pursuing a college degree, a vocational or technical certificate, or a general equivalency diploma, which are not covered by Coast Guard Tuition Assistance and similar programs.
The NMCRS Education Assistance Program offers interest-free loans and grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 for undergraduate programs at accredited two- and four-year institutions to spouses of active-duty or retired military personnel.
The Mrs. Patty Shinseki Spouse Scholarship Program provides financial aid for Army spouses who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Those who meet the eligibility criteria can receive financial assistance for up to four years of full-time study or up to eight years of part-time study.
Nonprofit and federal agencies offer a variety of scholarships and grants for military spouses, including:
My Career Advancement Account Scholarships offer financial aid of up to $4,000 to eligible military spouses who wish to obtain or maintain a license, certificate, or associate degree necessary to gain employment in an occupation or career field. Using funds from the program, spouses can also take courses required for a degree approved under the program, including tests through the College Level Examination Program.
Purdue University Global/ThanksUSA Scholarships offers full-tuition scholarships for military spouses enrolling in an online undergraduate degree program at Purdue University Global. The Linda J. Romeo/ThanksUSA scholarship provides $4,000 to a woman attending Northern Virginia Community College who is a spouse of a member of the armed forces.
In this program, sponsored by the National Military Family Association, spouses of active-duty, retired military personnel, and reserve guard members can receive scholarships from $500 to $1,000 to pursue postsecondary or graduate degrees.
Veterans Affairs Programs
Service members and veterans can receive assistance with the cost of tuition through a variety of programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as:
When transferring benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, service members are allowed to transfer all 36 months or a certain portion of the benefits to a spouse or child so long as the request is made while serving as an active member of the military.
Scholarships for veterans’ children and spouses are available through Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship). You may be eligible for this scholarship if your parent or spouse has died in the line of duty while serving in the United States Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, or has died due to a service-connected disability.
Dependents of veterans with permanent and total disabilities resulting from a service-connected condition or whose parent died on active duty or as a result of a service-connected condition may receive educational assistance.
Military spouses have many options for obtaining an education, including military, government, schools, and private organizations. The various means available to you include financial assistance, school guidance, assessment tools, and career exploration.
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