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As a veteran, active duty servicemember, or military spouse, you understand that your educational benefits didn’t come for free. You have earned them! So why not use them to their full advantage?

At California College San Diego, our military financial planners will work with you individually to create a personalized financial aid plan that includes all the financial aid benefits you may qualify for. Below is a list of just some of the benefits you could use to help pay for college.

Available Military Benefits

01 | Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves

Military Tuition Discounts

If you are actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard, you could save significantly on your college tuition and fees. This benefit also applies to employees of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Go herefor more information.

Top Up

If the cost of your tuition is higher than the amount Tuition Assistance provides, you can use this benefit to help make up the difference. You must also qualify for GI Bill benefits and meet eligibility requirements for Tuition Assistance.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

For servicemembers who have served in the Armed Forces on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/11/2001 or who were discharged due to a service-related disability after 30 consecutive days. Honorable discharge required for veterans. If you qualify, this benefit could cover up to 100% of your college tuition and fees.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

If you made contributions to this benefit while on active duty, you could have a significant amount of your tuition and fees covered. This benefit makes monetary disbursements directly to you rather than to the institution, so make sure to arrange payment with your college military financial planner.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill

This benefit is designated for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who enlisted or re-enlisted with a commitment to serve six or more years on or after July 1, 1985. This benefit is paid directly to you rather than to the institution, so make sure to arrange payment with your college military financial planner.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP helps reservists and members of the National Guard who were called to active duty in response to war or national emergency for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001. This benefit makes monetary disbursements directly to you rather than to the institution, so make sure to arrange payment with your college military financial planner.

Kickers & Additional Contributions

“Kickers” are part to an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. Kickers are fixed dollar amounts that are disbursed in equal installments during the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients.
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02 | Veterans

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/11/2001, or you were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 consecutive days. Honorable discharge is required. If eligible, this benefit could cover up to 100% of your college tuition and fees.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

If you made contributions to this benefit while on active duty, you could have a significant amount of your tuition and fees covered. This benefit makes monetary disbursements directly to you rather than to the institution, so make sure to arrange payment with your college military financial planner.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

If you decided to make contributions from your military pay to participate in VEAP, the federal government can match your contributions on a two-for-one basis. VEAP benefits must be used within 10 years after your honorable release from active duty service.

Yellow Ribbon Program

This benefit provides tuition assistance to veterans who are 100% eligible for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill and whose cost of tuition and fees exceed the annual cap. Once your annual cap is reached, 50% of your remaining expenses for tuition and fees for the fiscal year will be covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation provides educational support to qualifying veterans entering the workforce. This benefit could cover the entire cost of your tuition and fees. To use this benefit, you will have to meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to create your education plan.
For more details, speak with a specialized military admissions consultant today.

03 | Military Spouses

Tuition Assistance for Military Spouses

If you’re the spouse of an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or if your spouse is currently serving in the Reserves or National Guard, you could save significantly on your tuition and fees. Go here for more information.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program

This benefit provides educational assistance to spouses of Active Duty servicemembers, reservists, or members of the National Guard who are pursuing an associate’s degree or certificate program. If eligible, you could qualify for up to $4,000 lifetime limit, with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (Oct 1–Sept 30).

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 Bill to Dependents

If your spouse is an eligible active duty member of the Armed Forces, he or she may be able to transfer his or her unused Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits to you or to your dependent children. This benefit could cover 100% of your total tuition and fees up to $19,198.31 per fiscal year (Aug 1–July 31).

Fry Scholarship

This benefit provides Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits to dependents of servicemembers who’ve died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. If you or your dependent children qualify for this benefit, the Fry Scholarship could cover a significant portion of your tuition and fees.

Chapter 35 Survivor and Dependents Assistance

Chapter 35 provides financial assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally or permanently disabled as a result of their service. This benefit can be used to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit makes monetary disbursements directly to you rather than to the institution, so make sure to arrange payment with your college military financial planner.
For more details, speak with a specialized military admissions consultant today.

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– Eric Juhlin
President of California College San Diego

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