Demystifying and Applying Your Military Education BenefitsAlmost 70 years ago, a military veteran founded Grantham University with the intent to support his fellow veterans in their educational pursuits. Today, Grantham is still a military-friendly school, educating active duty service members, veterans and military families alike.

We consider it an honor and privilege to serve those who serve, with in-demand degree and certificate programs, excellent support services and ways to help our military students maximize their tuition assistance and VA benefits.

Grantham keeps costs low for these students through our textbook and software grant and reduced tuition rates. Plus, we provide assistance for military spouses such as MyCAA.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn a college degree. And for military students in particular, there are some essential things to keep in mind when getting started. So let’s take a closer look.

Tuition Assistance for Active Duty

Tuition Assistance (TA) covers up to 100 percent of the cost of tuition and some fees, not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour, $166 per quarter credit hour or $4,500 per fiscal year. All active duty military personnel are eligible for TA, but each service branch determines its criteria for eligibility. (If you are not currently on active duty, you should check with your Education Office to determine your available TA funds.)

The TA process can take up to four weeks, so you should start as soon as possible. We’ve outlined what you’ll need to do, step by step (be sure to check the link for your particular military branch in step one).

Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits

If you are a military veteran, you can pursue a college degree via the Department of Veteran Affairs by using your GI Bill benefits. You may find you’re eligible for more than one benefit, or that one program is better suited to your specific education and training goals than another. The Veteran Affairs website provides information on each benefit, as well as a GI Bill comparison tool to help you choose the best option(s). As with tuition assistance, Grantham has outlined the process for VA benefits. Like TA, keep in mind the process may take up to four weeks.

And whether you’re active duty or a veteran, your previous military and professional training (and prior college course work if applicable), could qualify for course credit at Grantham. Note the specific branch links at the bottom of the TA and VA steps pages we’ve discussed to help determine your eligible transfer credit.

MyCAA Assistance for Military Spouses

Military spouses face many of the same challenges as their partners – including frequent moves – which often makes going to school online an ideal option. If you’re a military spouse, you have a lot to balance, and Grantham works to make paying for college just a bit easier for you.

Through the Department of Defense, the university provides up to $4,000 in military spouse tuition assistance through the Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program — which can be used with Grantham’s Military Family Scholarship program for an even greater benefit. You can learn more from Military OneSource about spouse benefits, or email Grantham at militaryadmissions@grantham.edu with questions.

Additional Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of federal grants and loans available to eligible students. To see if you qualify for federal financial aid, follow these steps. You may also be eligible for military- or degree-specific scholarship opportunities.

If you’re ready to go back to school, Grantham is ready to help you fund your education. Don’t let confusion surrounding your military education benefits keep you from taking the next step. Learn how to get started today.

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