Qualifying veterans can receive up to full tuition and fees, $1,000 for books, and as much as $1,500 per month in housing allowance for each month they are enrolled in college. How? Using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Read about three solid colleges with strong veterans departments to help vets achieve educational goals.
Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits
In 2010, qualifying veterans and their dependents began using the Post-911 GI Bill to attend college. This bill, the modern-day version of the Montgomery GI Bill, is the largest expansion of veterans education benefits since the post-WWII era.
With the Post-911 GI Bill benefits, not only can veterans complete college degrees and vocational training, but spouses and children can as well. Knowing which colleges accept GI Bill benefits helps prospective students to make careful choices.
Attend Law School Using VA GI Bill Money
Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, is one of the many colleges with a school of law that accepts Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Like other public and private colleges with law schools, Golden Gate University has strict admissions standards, and veterans benefits apply with stipulations. Contact the school’s financial aid department and ask to speak to a financial aid officer with experience managing veterans as students.
Get a Nursing Degree Online at Excelsior College
Whether you already have an RN credential or are starting from scratch in your nursing education, attending Excelsior College, the nation’s largest educator of nurses via distance learning, can give you an edge in your career in the healthcare field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than 4.6 million new healthcare jobs will be created through 2018, so earning an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or Master of Science in nursing will help to give you job security.
In addition, an online nursing degree through Excelsior College allows you to continue to work while attending school. Use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to attend school more than 50% time (part-time plus) to qualify for full veterans benefits.
Humboldt State University – Use Veterans Benefits
With nearly 280 veteran students at this state university in Arcata, California, about 3.5 percent of the entire student body has served and is using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits or other veteran benefits to attend the school. Humboldt offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees with very affordable tuition.
In most cases, post 911 GI Bill benefits cover all tuition and fees, but out-of-state students may hit the upper limit for tuition and fee benefits, so consult with a veteran’s affairs advisor before enrolling.