There are many opportunities for state education benefits for veterans to help fund your education. Map your future here.
The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides grants of up to $150 per month for as many months as veterans were on active duty, up to 36 months. Veterans who receive GI Bill money are not eligible. In addition, the Voyager Tuition Assistance Program supplements tuition for Oregon residents who were National Guard or Reserve members who were active duty in a combat zone post-9/11, providing the difference between tuition and fee costs and GI benefits. You must be seeking a first bachelor’s degree as a full-time student to take advantage of this program. For details, visit Oregon Veterans Education Benefits.
The Washington State Legislature requires state community colleges, colleges and universities to waive all undergraduate tuition and fees for eligible dependents of eligible veterans and suggests that these schools waive tuition and fees for other veterans. For details, visit Washington Veterans Education Benefits.
Idaho Guardsmen and Reservists who live outside of Idaho but serve with an Idaho unit are entitled to in-state college tuition. The Operation Idaho Scholarship offered by the University of Idaho financially assists severely injured U.S. military personnel who are post-9/11 veterans with direct educational costs such as fees, tuition and textbooks. A scholarship is also available for children of service members who were listed as missing in action or as a prisoner of war. For details, visit Idaho Veterans Education Benefits.
Resident veterans are eligible for a full tuition waiver at state-funded colleges and universities. Children of service members who were killed in action or died as a result of injury, disease or other disability or were declared to be prisoners of war or missing in action are also eligible, provided they are age 25 or less. The Montana State Scholarship gives National Guard members $900 each semester (or $75 per credit) for as many as 12 credits each semester for those attending one of the state’s higher education institutions or other approved training program within a college of university. For details, visit Montana Veterans Education Benefits.
Overseas combat veterans, as well as dependent children and surviving spouses of veterans whose deaths were service-related, receive free tuition and fees at Wyoming junior colleges and the University of Wyoming if the veteran was a Wyoming resident when he or she entered service. The 100% State Educational Assistance Plan for Wyoming National Guard members covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at the same set of institutions. For details, visit Wyoming Veterans Education Benefits.
The dependent child, spouse or unmarried surviving spouses of a service-connected disabled or deceased veteran may be entitled to tuition and fee waiver benefits at any campus of the California State University system, University of California or a California community college. In addition, the California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program pays up to 100 percent of the fees at University of California campuses, the California State University and certain of the state’s community colleges and non-public institutions. For details, visit California Veterans Education Benefits.
The Nevada National Guard State 100% Tuition Waiver Program provides free tuition at state universities and colleges for Nevada National Guard members, including recruits. For details, visit Nevada Veterans Education Benefits.
Utah public institutions of higher learning are required to waive the tuition for Utah residents in undergraduate programs of study if the student has received a Purple Heart as a result of military service. In addition, the Utah State Tuition Waiver Program covers all tuition and fees up to $250 per semester hour – up to 15 credit hours per semester for qualifying Guardsmen. This program may also be combined with the Montgomery GI Bill. For details, visit Utah Veterans Education Benefits.
Any member of the Colorado National Guard is eligible for state tuition assistance, up to 100% tuition paid at any Colorado state-funded school. State funding can be used in conjunction with federal tuition assistance. For details, visit Colorado Veterans Education Benefits.
New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program pays 100 percent of tuition costs (up to $250 per semester hour, with a limit of $4,500) for Guardsmen working toward any post-secondary degree or vocational training at any state-supported institution. The state Vietnam Veteran Scholarship covers the complete cost of tuition and books to Vietnam Veterans at any state funded post-secondary school. Plus, children whose veteran parent was killed in action or died as a result of their wounds incurred in battle, qualify for a full tuition waiver at any state-funded post-secondary school, as well as a $150 per semester stipend for books and fees. For details, visit New Mexico Veterans Education Benefits.
The State Education Priority Reimbursement for tuition for Arizona National Guard members is $250 per semester hour, for a maximum of $4,500 during each state fiscal year. Also, a veteran or eligible dependent who has applied for educational benefits under the GI Bill to attend state-supported colleges and universities may defer payment of tuition, fees and required books for a period of 120 days with no interest charges. Arizona also provides a tuition waiver for widows and children under 30 of U.S. soldiers killed in the line of duty. For details, visit Arizona Veterans Education Benefits.
The Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program pays 100 percent of tuition for community colleges and 50 percent of tuition at four-year colleges for National Guard members of the rank of Captain or below who are enrolled in a degree program. For details, visit Hawaii Veterans Education Benefits.
Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia members performing well in a higher-education institution may receive up to 100 percent of tuition and fees at qualifying Alaskan schools from the office of the Alaska Adjutant General. In addition, the spouse or dependent of an armed services member who died in the line of duty or who died as a result of injuries sustained while in the line of duty or who was listed by the Department of Defense as a Prisoner of War or as Missing in Action is entitled to a waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees. The students must be in good standing in a state supported educational institution in Alaska. For details, visit Alaska Veterans Education Benefits.
The North Dakota National Guard offers a tuition waiver to attend state-controlled educational institutions. In addition, dependents of resident veterans who were killed in action, disabled or died from wounds or other service-connected causes, were a prisoner of war, or was declared missing in action, can receive a tuition waiver to attend a state-supported school. For details, visit North Dakota Veterans Education Benefits.
South Dakota resident veterans are eligible for a tuition waiver for undergraduate coursework at any state-supported school. Veterans who receive benefits under the GI Bill are not eligible. Also, children of veterans who were killed, wounded or are missing in action may be eligible for a tuition waiver as well. The South Dakota 50% Tuition Program provides Guardsmen a tuition waiver not to exceed half of the cost of tuition at a state-supported school. For details, visit South Dakota Veterans Education Benefits.
Enlisted members of a Nebraska-based active selected reserve unit may be eligible for a 50-percent tuition credit at Nebraska state and community colleges and the University of Nebraska. State Tuition Assistance pays tuition for the first 1,200 Nebraska Guard members who apply. Program is open to any enlisted member with less than 10 years of service who enrolls in any state-supported university, college or community college or any independent, not-for-profit, regionally accredited college or university in Nebraska. Also, children and spouses of deceased state veterans who died as a result of their service or were classified or listed as missing in action or prisoners of war may also be eligible for a full tuition waiver at all state-funded colleges and universities. For details, visit Nebraska Veterans Education Benefits.
The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program allows service members to receive up to 100 percent of tuition and fees at a state-supported university, community college or vocational school. These soldiers will be required to serve in the Kansas National Guard for an additional period equal to 50 percent of the duration of benefits received or three months for each semester paid. Also, the spouse and dependents of military personnel who died as a result of active military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, are eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees at any state educational institution. For details, visit Kansas Veterans Education Benefits.
The Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement for current Minnesota Army and Air National Guard members pays the equivalent of 100 percent of tuition at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, or a maximum of $13,000 a year for undergraduate tuition and $22,000 a year for graduate tuition over 144 semester credits. The same program is offered to service members with completed Minnesota National Guard service contracts or who have honorably served in federal active service or federally funded state active service since 9/11. It is also given to those discharged or separated after a service-connected disability, injury or disease. Spouses are eligible for veterans of eight or more years in the National Guard. Also, the Minnesota GI Bill provides grants up to $1,000 per semester to eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001. For details, visit Minnesota Veterans Education Benefits.
The Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program gives current Iowa National Guard members up to 100 percent of the Regents tuition rate, which is $3,329 per semester at present. The War Orphans Educational Aid provides $600 for war orphans who attend educational institutions of higher learning. The aid may be used to defray the expenses of tuition, matriculation, laboratory and similar fees, books and supplies, board, lodging and any other reasonably necessary expense. There is also a special program for children of veterans who died on or after 9/11, as well as the Branstad/Reynolds Scholarship Fund for this same eligible group. For details, visit Iowa Veterans Education Benefits.
Resident veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, receive a reduction in tuition costs and will be required to only pay a maximum of $50 per credit. The Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program gives the spouse or children of a Missouri Army veteran killed or who became 80-percent disabled in action since 9/11 a grant to attend a public college or university in the state, as long as the veteran was a state resident when entering service. Army National Guard members are eligible for the state’s Tuition Assistance program, which provides 100-percent tuition for those with up to 10 years’ military service and 50-percent tuition for those with 10 to 17 years of service, for as many as 39 credit hours per year. Also, children and spouses of Vietnam veterans whose deaths were attributed or caused by exposure to toxic chemicals during the Vietnam conflict may be eligible for a grant equivalent to the amount of tuition charged to a Missouri undergraduate resident enrolled full-time in the same class level and in the same academic major as an applicant at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For details, visit Missouri Veterans Education Benefits.
Military service members and their dependents are offered in-state tuition to state-funded schools. The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program pays up to 100 percent of tuition and fees at state colleges and universities. It also pays up to 100 percent of average state college or university tuition at private or out-of-state schools. Ohio also offers the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship, which is also for the children of severely disabled Ohio veterans, and the MIA/POW Orphans Scholarship. For details, visit Ohio Veterans Education Benefits.
The Wisconsin G.I. Bill provides full tuition and fees for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to eight semesters or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin System (UWS) or Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) institution for study at the undergraduate or graduate level. Beginning in 2013, the benefit was expanded to cover not just those who were residents of the state at the beginning of service but five-year residents of Wisconsin as well. Under the Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Dependents, 100 percent of tuition is awarded to qualifying dependents. Veterans Education (VetEd) reimbursement grants are available to veterans who already applied for Wisconsin GI Bill benefits and provide tuition reimbursement based on years of active duty service. The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Program pays for 100 percent of a maximum eight semesters of full-time education. The state urges its residents to get all the facts about the Wisconsin G.I. Bill before making the irrevocable choice to switch to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For details, visit Wisconsin Veterans Education Benefits.
Michigan provides an annual undergraduate tuition grant of up to $2,800 for the eligible children of certain deceased military personnel or totally and permanently disabled veterans. Also, the National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) provides scholarships for eligible members. These scholarship awards vary depending on the number of applications received. Plus, a growing number of Michigan universities and colleges offer tuition grants to members of the Michigan National Guard. For details, visit Michigan Veterans Education Benefits.
The Illinois National Guard Scholarship entitles any enlisted person or lieutenant or captain with at least one year of service in the Illinois Army or Air National Guard to tuition and fees coverage for eight semesters of full-time or part-time undergraduate study or graduate study at any Illinois state-controlled university or community college. The Illinois National Guard Grant Program supports tuition and fees for undergraduate or graduate study at the state’s 2- to 4-year public colleges, while annual grants are offered to children 10-18 of veterans killed or completely disabled in conflict in the last 100 years, including the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, dependents of resident veterans who died as the result of a service-connected disability, were prisoners of war or were missing in action may be entitled to full payment of tuition and certain fees to any state-supported Illinois institution of higher learning. In addition, the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program pays tuition and certain fees at all Illinois state-supported colleges and universities. In addition, each county in the state is entitled to issue one honorary scholarship to children of veterans who served in WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam conflict periods with preference being given to the children of deceased and disabled veterans. For details, visit Illinois Veterans Education Benefits.
The natural or legally adopted child(ren) of a disabled veteran may be eligible for remission of fees (free tuition) at any state-supported post secondary school or university. The same opportunity is available for recipients of a Purple Heart. The remission is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for either undergraduate or graduate level work. For details, visit Indiana Veterans Education Benefits.
The Hazlewood Act provides wartime resident veterans a tuition waiver and also a waiver of some fees at state-funded schools. This benefit is also available to children of servicemen and women who died or were killed in military service, to children of military personnel who are shown to be missing in action or prisoners of war, and to children of veterans receiving 100-percent payment for service-connected disabilities. Plus, the Texas State Tuition Reimbursement Program pays tuition and fees to public colleges and universities for up to 12 hours per semester for 10 continuous semesters or 5 years. For details, visit Texas Veterans Education Benefits.
The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver Program waives tuition at state-supported two- and four-year colleges for in-state resident Guardsmen. Out-of-state residents can receive a waiver of the non-resident fees at state-supported schools. Oklahoma allows state colleges, universities and other higher educational institutions to give academic credit to veterans discharged three years prior to taking courses, at a level chosen by each institution. For details, visit Oklahoma Veterans Education Benefits.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education can provide free tuition and fees at any state-supported college, university, technical school or vocational school to the spouses and children of any resident veteran declared to be a prisoner of war or placed in a missing-in-action status since Jan. 1, 1960, or any service member resident killed in action since 1960. For details, visit Arkansas Veterans Education Benefits.
Louisiana National Guard members are eligible for 100-percent tuition exemption at any Louisiana public institutions of higher learning for up to five academic years. The State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP) allows these service members to pursue a degree at the next higher level, up to the masters and professional level in a period of a six-year reenlistment. Plus, children and surviving spouses of certain state veterans who died in service in the Armed Forces or died of a service-connected disability incurred during a wartime period are exempt from paying tuition and school imposed fees at any state-supported college, university, trade or vocational technical school. For details, visit Louisiana Veterans Education Benefits.
The Veterans Re-education Act Fund provides tuition assistance to veterans who need a new vocation due to dislocation or unemployment. These veterans must have exhausted GI Bill benefits and be in need of tuition assistance. In addition, West Virginia National Guard Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP) provides full tuition coverage for certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level courses up to $6,000 per year for Guardsmen attending in-state institutions. The state’s War Orphans Education programs gives $2,000 or more each year to deceased service members’ children’s higher education. For details, visit West Virginia Veterans Education Benefits.
The state waives tuition for spouses and children of veterans who attend state-supported schools. Room and board may not be waived. In addition, as soon as Guardsmen complete training they are eligible for 100-percent payment of tuition and fees at any University of Maine System or Maine Community College institution. Accredited private colleges and universities also qualify but are capped at the University of Maine tuition rate. For details, visit Maine Veterans Education Benefits.
Pennsylvania provides state grants to qualified veterans who need financial assistance to complete approved programs of postsecondary education. All veterans are considered without regard to the financial status of their parents. The Armed Forces Loan Forgiveness Program provides a grant of up to $2,500 for veterans who haven’t defaulted and who were on active duty between Sept. 11, 2001 and April 30, 2008. Plus, the Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program covers tuition funding for resident Guardsmen at state system of higher educations schools. In addition, the Scholarships for Military Children program gives post-secondary school funding to unmarried dependent children under 23 if a parent is an active duty personnel, member of the Reserve/Guard, retired military or a survivor of the first or last category. The Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program offers a waiver of tuition, room and board and fees to the children of those who lost their lives protecting the commonwealth, including National Guard members who died in 1976 or later in the line of duty. The Children of Soldiers Declared POW/MIA program honors these individuals with grants of $1,200. Finally, the Educational Gratuity Program gives $500 per semester assistance to children of veterans who have died during a period of armed conflict or with service-connected disabilities, while the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency offer up to 10 percent tuition help for state residents studying in-state who make a six-year commitment to the Pennsylvania National Guard. For details, visit Pennsylvania Veterans Education Benefits.
The Veterans Tuition Award program provides awards to cover the full cost of undergraduate tuition for New York state residents at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. Awards are prorated by credit hour for part-time study. Students enrolled in undergraduate programs are eligible for as many as eight semesters and graduate students are eligible for as many as six. In addition, the New York Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program covers the cost of tuition for credit-bearing courses at state institutions for eligible members of the New York National Guard. Plus, the state offers a Military Service Recognition Scholarship for children and spouses of residents who died or became permanently and severely disabled while in combat or in combat training. The state Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans also offers up to $450 per year for the offspring of those who served during war or national emergency or who received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal during operations in Panama, Grenada and Lebanon. For details, visit New York Veterans Education Benefits.
There are three scholarship programs tailored to veterans in Maryland: the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship, the Veterans of the Afghanistan & Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program and Hodson Trust Star Scholarship – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Not all veterans and/or dependents will be eligible, and the number of scholarships is limited. Additionally, National Guard and active duty service members living in the state can now pay in-state tuition at Maryland’s public higher-education institutions. For details, visit Maryland Veterans Education Benefits.
Massachusetts offers its veterans a tuition waiver at any state-supported public college or university. To be eligible, a veteran must also be a legal resident of Massachusetts and he/she must not be in default of any federal student loans. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard also receive tuition waiver as well as a fee waiver at all state-supported colleges and universities. In addition, service members are not required to make certain payments to their student loans during deployments. For details, visit Massachusetts Veterans Education Benefits.
Active members of the Delaware National Guard are eligible for up to 100 percent in-state tuition funding support by the Delaware National Guard for certain post-secondary education tuition and fees. Delaware also provides educational benefits for the children of deceased veterans, military service personnel held prisoner of war and military service personnel officially declared to be missing in action. For details, visit Delaware Veterans Education Benefits.
The state waives tuition for resident veterans who attend a public state college or university. For details, visit Connecticut Veterans Education Benefits.
The New Jersey National Guard Tuition Program provides tuition-free enrollment to any state public institution of higher education. The state’s Tuition Assistance program gives up to 75 percent of tuition costs (or a maximum of $100 per undergraduate and $170 per graduate credit), if used without the GI Bill, for members of the Army or Air National Guard who have completed their initial active duty training. Also, free undergraduate college tuition is available to children whose parents were officially declared a prisoner of war or person missing in action after Jan. 1, 1960, as well as children of service personnel who died while serving. These same people may also qualify for a $500 annual scholarship renewable for four years. The Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program provides a $400 grant in addition to federal benefits for veterans who served on active duty from December 31, 1960, to May 7, 1975. For details, visit New Jersey Veterans Education Benefits.
The Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) waives the basic tuition for as many as five courses for Guardsmen attending any state college or university. The Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Exemption program (STEP) covers single summer semester courses, while the Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Exemption Program pays for one course per semester at the Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island or the Rhode Island College. For details, visit Rhode Island Veterans Education Benefits.
Tuition costs are waived up to 100 percent after applying other federal benefits at state-supported postsecondary institution on space-available basis for members of the New Hampshire National Guard. There is also a $750 scholarship available to Guardsmen, and tuition assistance of $4,500 per year. In addition, children of resident veterans who died in service during wartime may qualify for free tuition at New Hampshire public institutions of higher learning. A scholarship for board, room, rent, books and supplies up to $2,500 per year for a period of no more than four years at such educational institutions may be furnished to these children if they are in need of financial assistance. For details, visit New Hampshire Veterans Education Benefits.
The Vermont National Guard Scholarship Program provides Guardsmen scholarships up to $5,000 to cover tuition and fees at any state college, university or regional technical center. The Armed Services Scholarship supports the spouse and children of veterans killed since 2001 and Vermont National Guard members who died while serving at any time. For details, visit Vermont Veterans Education Benefits.
A tuition waiver is provided for the dependents of certain Kentucky veterans who attend schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education. The tuition waiver is provided for spouses who have not remarried, children, stepchildren and adopted children of veterans who died during active duty, as a result of a service connected disability or are totally disabled as a result of service. Plus, the Kentucky National Guard Tuition Award Program offers a tuition waiver for Guard members in good standing up to the in-state, full-time tuition rate. For details, visit Kentucky Veterans Education Benefits.
Tennessee National Guardsmen may qualify for tuition assistance to attend state education institutions. The state also provides a tuition freeze at state schools for Guardsmen who are mobilized. In addition, the state offers a tuition waiver for dependents of National Guard members killed during a qualifying period of armed conflict. The state’s Helping Heroes Grant for Veterans provides $1,000 for up to 375 eligible veterans each year who are taking at least 12 semester hours per term and have the Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. The Tennessee National Guard Scholarship Program also offers six scholarships to members in six categories. For details, visit Tennessee Veterans Education Benefits.
The Georgia Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring (HERO) Scholarship Program provides educational grant assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and Reservists who served in combat zones or the children of such members. The grant is to attend an approved school for a maximum of up to four years with $2,000 per year. The Georgia Military Scholarship provides a full four-year scholarship to members who serve in the Cadet Corps at North Georgia College and State University and agree to serve at least four years in the Georgia Army National Guard as a commissioned officer after graduation. For details, visit Georgia Veterans Education Benefits.
Veterans who receive benefits under the GI Bill and attend one of Florida’s public universities, community colleges or vocational schools are entitled to one tuition deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits. Active Florida National Guard members who enlisted after June 30, 1997, are eligible for full exemption of tuition and fees. Florida also provides scholarships for dependent children of Florida veterans who died in action or died from service-connected diseases or disabilities. Florida also waives undergraduate tuition at state colleges for recipients of the Purple Heart and superior combat decorations. For details, visit Florida Veterans Education Benefits.
Active-duty service members and activated members of National Guard and Reserve units who are stationed in Virginia but are not Virginia residents are eligible for in-state tuition rates at state schools. In addition, the Virginia National Guard Tuition Assistance (VNGSTAP) funds 100 percent of remaining tuition costs after federal tuition assistance benefits are applied at any state-supported school not to exceed $6,000 per year. The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program funds education for spouses and children of veterans killed, taken prisoner, missing in action at least 90 percent disabled in armed conflict. For details, visit Virginia Veterans Education Benefits
The Mississippi State Educational Assistance Program pays as much as $250 per credit hour, for up to $4,500 per year, for National Guard Soldiers not authorized FTA as funds are available. The Adjutant General of Mississippi is authorized to pay the tuition for certain members of the active Mississippi National Guard enrolled in accredited Mississippi institutions of higher learning, vocational education schools or junior colleges. Also, service members stationed in Mississippi are classified as state residents and receive in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities. Plus, children of resident veterans who were either a prisoner of war or listed as missing in action may be eligible for a tuition scholarship for eight semesters at any state-supported college or university within the state. For details, visit Mississippi Veterans Education Benefits.
Active-duty stationed in North Carolina, and their dependents, receive in-state tuition rates at public universities. Plus, children of certain class categories of deceased, disabled, combat or POW/MIA veterans may be eligible for a four-year scholarship to approved schools in the state. For details, visit North Carolina Veterans Education Benefits.
South Carolina National Guard members receive free tuition (up to $4,500 per academic year and $18,000 per service member) at state-supported colleges and universities and some private institutions. The state also offers free tuition to the children of veterans who were killed, wounded or are missing in action. For details, visit South Carolina Veterans Education Benefits.
Alabama National Guard State Education Priority Reimbursement gives to National Guard Service members up to $55 per credit hour, for a maximum of $1,250 per year. The National Guard Educational Benefit is available at $500 per semester or $1,000, and a tuition waiver for public state universities for Purple Heart recipients.
The Alabama GI Dependents Scholarship Program provides five standard academic years at any Alabama state-supported institution of higher learning for resident veterans and dependents. For details, visit Alabama Veterans Education Benefits.