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Using Federal and State Military Educational Benefits

Members of the military community may have a variety of military-related state and federal financial aid benefits that can be utilized.

Federal Benefits

First, start with learning more about your Federal Benefits.  The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs such as Post 9/11 GI Bill (including Transfer of Benefits), Montgomery GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment just to name a few. You will need to complete the application and start getting your benefits processed as soon as possible.  To apply for GI Bill Benefits and learn more click here.

State Benefits

Depending on what state you reside in, there may be tuition assistance, fee waivers, or fee reductions for veterans. A directory of state veteran’s benefits is available here.

The State of Texas also offers a tuition and fee exemption as part of the Hazlewood Act.

More information can be found on the Texas Veterans Commission website.

Tuition Assistance Programs

Programs such as Reserve Education Assistance Program, Veterans Education Assistance Program, and even military spouse and family benefits are available too.  For more information: Check out all the military tuition assistance programs here.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available to help students cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and living expenses.  As with anything, to start the process you must apply first.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, asks questions about a family’s income and assets to determine an Estimated Family Contribution, or EFC. Each college compares a family’s EFC with the total costs of attendance to determine the amount of your financial aid package.

Total Cost of Attendance – EFC = Financial Aid amount

When you complete the FAFSA they’ll review your file to determine a financial aid award package. In addition to federal and state grants, you may be eligible for other grants, campus employment or low-interest student loans. Remember, scholarships and grants are money that doesn’t have to be paid back!

Also remember that refunds are available for called to active duty students.

Check out the College for All Texans site for more information.