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Veteran and Family Member Education Benefits

Below we have provided a list with links for some of the Veteran and Family Member benefits you could take advantage of for your education.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®¹ that allows veterans to attend private schools and graduate programs costing more than the state tuition cap.

Post 9/11 GI Bill®

Provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)

Provides up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.

Spouse and Dependents Education Assistance (DEA or S-DEA)

This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans.

School Academic Advisors

Non-monetary assistance program that works with MyCAA and S-DEA recipients to determine eligible school programs, licenses and other certifications. Scholarship Finder

Program that can find vets and families to look for appropriate scholarships. This works in conjunction with other veteran assistance programs and the scholarship it returns note which programs the vet must be eligible for to apply.

Troops to Teachers

Helps soldiers get started in a new career as a school teacher.

Veterans Upward Bound

Provides training to help Vets get into college programs. Also gives help with financial aid and counseling.


Family Education

(SOCAD): SOC Degree Network System Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees for the Army

EAP and SEAP (Stateside/Spouse Education Assistance Program)

These are two programs that are needs based. The difference is EAP works for spouses who are on-base outside of the U.S. SEAP is for those stationed in the U.S.

Air Force


Air Force changed its program and is available to use general SOC program items but no longer has its own SOC options.

Air Force Aid Society

Offers tuition and scholarship grant programs include General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program & General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP)


Navy SOC

The Navy Maine Corps Relief Society’s Spouse Tuition Aid Program

Assistance for marine spouses – marine must be on active duty and stationed in an overseas location.

Marine Corps SOC (called SOCMAR)

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Variety of scholarships and educational assistant programs.

Coast Guard

SOCCOAST is the SOC for the Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Foundation

Provides $300,000 each year for education grants.

State Veteran Benefits

U.S. military system breaks the country down into 10 regions each with specific programs. Some work across states while others are state specific. We can do a run through of one item per state at around 75 words.

¹GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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