"We believe that education is not an expense. We believe it is an investment."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
Military/Veterans Financial Aid
This section of FinAid provides information about student financial aid resources for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the military and for veterans and their dependents.
This information is intended primarily for US citizens. Military student aid, such as the Montgomery GI Bill, is the main reason many people enlist in the armed forces. However, GI Bill benefits cover only about three-fifths of the average cost of a college education, and about a third of eligible veterans fail to use their benefits.
The Department of Defense announces the launch of the Postsecondary Education Complaint System
which will provide a centralized online reporting system for service members and their families to use in reporting problems with education institutions. Agency partners including the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Education are also launching online feedback tools providing a centralized system for veterans, service members and eligible family members to file student complaints.
Students can submit a complaint if they believe their school is failing to follow the Principles of Excellence through the centralized online reporting system accessed via the Department of Defense
website. Examples of education-related issues may include, but are not limited to, misrepresentation or deceptive actions with regards to private or institutional loans, high-pressure recruitment tactics, false representations about degree programs, and misleading statements regarding accreditation.
The complaint system is part of the President’s Executive Order establishing Principles of Excellence for educational institutions serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and other Family Members; designed to empower beneficiaries to report experiences related to misleading or unfair acts or practices by educational institutions serving veterans, service members and their families.
Military-connected students using Tuition Assistance (TA) or Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Scholarships can submit feedback at: www.militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education/complaint
. Once a complaint is received, agency staff will contact both the student submitting the complaint as well as the referenced school, working with both parties to fully understand the issue raised and seek resolution.
Veterans Guide to Paying for College
Every day, brave men and women join the United States Armed Forces to preserve our peace. But when they come back to civilian life, they face unique challenges, especially concerning higher education.
Those who choose to enter the military come out of it with a strong skill set, but without the college degree that many employers require in order to move up in the ranks of the private sector. Several of them are also getting a late start; according to Student Veterans of America, 85 percent of them are 24 years of age or older, and 47 percent of them have a family.
In addition, military personnel often live on set wages while in the service, which can make saving money for college difficult, especially if they have a family to support. When you add up the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other costs, some military veterans might see college as a dream that is just out of reach.
Fortunately, there are many programs that can help, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program and the MGIB. There are also scholarships and grants specifically created for those in the military or their dependents. This article focuses on these solutions, offering dozens of great resources for those who are looking into college but aren’t sure how to pay for it. http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/veterans-education-resources/
Expert-driven content from a military veteran with several contributors from veterans affairs departments
Comparison between the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 Bill
Resource listings for Veterans scholarships and grants
Actionable information related to the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon programs.