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Tuition Assistance for Armed Forces Personnel

To thank service members for their vital work, military tuition assistance is a benefit available to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. This assistance can help pay up to 100% of tuition expenses.

Both the federal government and non-profit organizations offer programs for military personnel to get free money for college (grants and scholarships) as well as tuition assistance programs offering low-interest-rate federal and private loans to help pay for college.

The GI Bill, which has helped millions of returning soldiers pay for college for decades, is now helping a new generation of Americans support their dreams of higher education. The official GI Bill website is an excellent resource for information on deciding on a career in the military, finding an eligible school, and applying for all the federal military benefits you deserve.

Each branch of the military has its own criteria to qualify for military tuition assistance, so be sure to do your research if you’re looking to the military for help to pay for college.


Military education benefits

The U.S. Armed Forces offer several programs to provide you with money for school, special benefits, and extended repayment options. Whether you have already served or plan to serve, there are many tuition assistance programs from which you can benefit.

Military scholarships

There are a number of private scholarships available for military personnel. The Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae® is a free tool that lets you search through thousands of scholarships to find the ones that are right for you.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

If your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, you may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Services for active-military loan holders

As a member of the military on active duty, you may qualify for special benefits and repayment options for your federal and private student loans.


Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae

Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae is the fast, easy, and FREE way to search for more than 3 million college scholarships that can help you pay for your college education. Combined, these scholarships are worth up to $18 billion. You can even set up personalized account alerts to notify you when a new scholarship opportunity that matches your profile becomes available.

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