You want to attend college but can’t afford it? Joining the U.S. Military can be a great way to help pay for college while serving your country as well.
There are several ways the military helps you pay for college. One is to utilize one of several tuition assistance programs. Some of these offer 100 percent tuition assistance for a certain number of credit hours each year. The requirements and benefits differ for active duty military and guard and reserve, so check with your education office.
There are also benefits available to you under the GI Bill. This bill will pay up to $38,700 for each member of the military, generally after discharge, toward any college or vocational training. You?ll get training for a military job, then can apply that knowledge to the civilian world.
There are also benefits if you already have debt from school when you join the military. In today?s military, a college graduate who signs for a three year commitment or enter officer training can possibly earn up to $65,000 in loan repayment benefits. This benefit can climb to $72,000 for those in particular specialties who sign for a 6 year stint. These benefits include all from the GI Bill as well as those from the Army College Fund.