Does The Military Pay For College?

For many, one of the most pressing questions associated with college is how to finance one’s education. With college costs on the rise, and an uncertain job market for recent graduates, for many people, weighing the importance of obtaining a college degree with the cost of tuition is becoming a calculated risk.

For these reasons, some students have begun exploring different strategies in order to help pay for higher education without taking out extensive student loans or depleting personal savings. For some, one such strategy can involve military service. Although the military has a history of offering educational benefits to veterans, it is important to research exactly what benefits may apply to your individual situation before making any decisions.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, or the “new G.I. Bill” as it is more casually referred to, is a law designed to help pay for veterans’ college expenses. Currently, the bill will provide full funding for a four-year public education to a veteran who has served at least three years of active duty following September 11, 2001.

However, specific educational benefits granted in response to military service can vary on a case-by-case basis. Click below to hear from a student who has received financial support through his military involvement.

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Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian is a senior at Augustana College, and is pursuing degrees in Political Science and Multimedia Journalism. She currently reports for her campus newspaper, The Augustana Observer, in addition to serving as sustainability co-chair within her sorority. When not participating in activities on campus, Emily enjoys searching for new recipes to experiment with. She hopes to one day do public relations work for art-based non-profit organizations
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