These State veteran benefits cannot only support you, but also your spouse and children who are looking to expand their education.
For us veterans, we know all about what Federal education benefits exist such as, GI Bill, Post 9/11, and the Yellow Ribbon program. However, most of us do not know what State education benefits exist to help us veterans and even our dependents. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the New York State website that I learned about the NY State Veterans Tuition Award.
Unfortunately it is not uncommon to know nothing about what your State has to offer when it comes to veteran benefits, because for the most part, this information isn’t advertised, nor is it provided to you when you separate. Thanks to the internet and organizations out there, this information is becoming more readily available.
Knowing what education assistance your State has to offer is so important. For instance, these benefits can help a Vietnam veteran who is no longer eligible for the GI Bill, become eligible for a scholarship that can help pay for training or even a degree. These benefits can also help completely cover the whole tuition for a child who lost his or her parent who was serving on Active Duty. Having an Expeditionary Medal granted me the NY State Veterans Tuition Award, money that I didn’t have to pay back, and money that helped me further my education.
So let’s take a look at a few States that offer Veteran Education Benefits.
Vietnam Veterans’ Scholarships
This is a program created to provide full tuition and books for Vietnam veterans who are undergraduate and/or graduate students attending public postsecondary institutions in New Mexico. Scholarships are like an Award, free money for you, nothing to pay back. Get the full details here http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/benefits.html
Operation Recognition (High School Diploma)
If you are a WWII, Korean, or Vietnam War veteran who never earned a diploma because of service, then guess what, this is your chance. Thanks to Operation Recognition, the Wyoming Veterans Commission will make sure you will receive your honorary diploma. Get the full details here http://wyomilitary.wyo.gov/veterans-commission/Veterans-Resources
College Tuition Fee Waivers for Veterans’ Dependents
If you’re a spouse or child of a veteran who is totally service-connected disabled or who has died of service connected causes, then you may qualify for a tuition and fees waiver for any California University, California Community College, or University of California. A waiver is another way of saying, your tuition and fees are covered. Get the full details herehttp://www.calvet.ca.gov/vetservices/DEA.aspx
Veterans Tuition Waiver
For Washington veterans or National Guard members who attend a State Community College, State College or a University, you too have an opportunity to have ‘all or a portion of tuition and fees’ waived (covered). Of course we understand the importance of asking questions, so be sure to check with your campus advisor. Get the full details here http://www.dva.wa.gov/veterantuitionwaiver.html
Veterans Education Assistance
Similar to the NY State Veterans Tuition Award, the Minnesota State Veterans’ Education Assistance program, offers eligible Minnesota veterans extra money towards tuition. It’s true, this is money you won’t have to pay back, thanks to Minnesota. Get the full details here http://mn.gov/mdva/resources/education/vea.jsp
Remember, this is just an example of what your State may offer to help with education assistance that was created to specifically help you and your dependents. Be sure to check out this list created by the American Legion of State education benefits http://www.legion.org/education/statebenefits. Most importantly, be sure to check with your States veteran benefits website to get updated information, and to also get in contact with your States Veterans Service Officer who can help you with further information.
Stay with me as my next article will be on State Veteran Employment Benefits.