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Fellowships & Grants
The U.S. military has quite a few programs designed to give
students, who are willing to serve their country, money for school. These
programs were designed in the hopes of reducing a major barrier to recruiting
and retaining talented young people. With the change from having to make a
choice between the service and school many students will find the military to be
a viable option with. The following programs were created by the government
eliminate the choice between serving in the military and pursuing higher
Under the Montgomery GI Bill, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard, the Reserves, and the National Guard, provide a cash incentive to
encourage you to join and serve a tour of duty. The bill's benefit amounts
change every year. The current incentive is more than $9,000 for serving
part-time in the Reserve or National Guard and more than $19,000 for a tour of
active duty in the military services.
Corps College Funds
The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps each provide tuition assistance in addition to
the GI Bill. Between the GI Bill and the Army/Navy the funds can total as much
as $50,000, and in the Marine Corps the fund can be as much as $30,000.
In exchange for a service commitment, the Reserve Officers' Training Corps
(ROTC) program provides you with money for college while you're in school. You
must take one military science course along with your other college courses, and
upon graduation, enter the service as a commissioned officer. Full ROTC
scholarships pay for almost all tuition, fees, and books charges for four years
of college. ROTC scholarships also come in one, two, and three-year lengths. For
more information, call 1-800-USA-ROTC (Army),
1-800-522-0033 x2091 (Air
Force), and 1-800-MARINES (Marines).
Each branch of the service operates its own Service Academy as a four-year
institution of higher education. All students receive a full scholarship with a
small monthly stipend. Upon graduation, you're commissioned as a second
lieutenant in the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps or as an ensign in the Navy
or Coast Guard. Appointment to a service academy is extremely competitive. For
more information, call 1-800-822-8762 (US
Military Academy in West Point, New York), 1-800-638-9156 (US
Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland), 1-800-443-9266 (US
Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado), and 1-800-883-8724 (US
Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut).
College of the Air Force
The Community College of the
Air Force (CCAF) is a two-year college open only to enlisted men and women.
It offers a variety of programs leading to an Associate's Degree, in more than
70 scientific and technical fields. The Air Force pays for up to 75% of the cost
of the college courses through its Tuition Assistance Program.
Financial Aid for Veterans and their
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides information on educational benefits
for veterans and their children.
Information Center (CIC)
The Consumer Information Center provides an online catalog of federal
publications. Many of the publications are available online, including
publication 112F, Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents - 1998 (web,
Printed versions of CIC publications may also be ordered from:
Consumer Information Center
Pueblo, CO 81009