Prior to enlisting in the military, I still recall my parents encouraging me to ‘sign up’ because of the incredible veteran benefits. Just think about it… who else will open up their wallet and pay for your college degree, living expenses and your books too! This GI bill is almost worth enlisting in the military alone.
The term GI bill refers to education benefits extended to any member of the armed forces of active duty, selected reserve duty and the National Guard. These benefits are designed to cover the costs of college such as tuition, books and even housing expenses.
In July of 2008 the new Post 9/11 GI Bill went into effect in August 2009. These education benefits included:
– 100% tuition for those attending private or foreign colleges or universities tuition is capped at $17,500 for each academic year.
– monthly living expense
– up to $1000 per year for books
– veterans may be able to transfer their GI Bill benefits to dependents
Distance learning students will now become eligible for monthly living expenses (called a ‘stipend’) but about half of the national average paid amount. But that is better than nothing at all, right?
Perhaps even better news for some, vocational training, including on-the-job training/apprenticeships will be included wherever tuition costs is covered.
The new GI Bill will streamline caps on tuition and fees for every state. This cap also includes out-of-state students, graduate students and anyone attending private colleges.
In summary, you should always check out the veteran affairs website for the latest. Also, you may want to check out for available college scholarships in your area.
Convinced that the military is a great option for a career? As a military veteran, I can assure you that it is. The key is to get a college degree first if possible. Then you may qualify as a military officer. The long term benefits are incredible. If becoming an officer is not a choice, then select your military job… don’t allow the recruiter. He has a quota to fill, you need a job that you’re going to be happy with. Not-to-mention you want a job that will pay dividends long after your exit from the military. Meaning, transferring your military skills to civilian life.