Coast Guard Educational Benefits
Coast Guard Educational Benefits
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The Coast Guard is unique among the individual military branches in that it offers educational benefits to more than its active duty and reserve members. There are options for veterans and dependents associated with the Coast Guard as well. Though there are few, likely due to the small size of the Coast Guard, this article expands on the educational benefits that are available. There are pther benefits available to all members of the military, veterans, and dependents, regardless of branch.

Benefit Name Active Duty Reservist Veteran Dependent
Coast Guard Foundation Education Grants X X X
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Supplemental Education Grants X X X X

Coast Guard Foundation Education Grants

There are a variety of grants available through the Coast Guard Foundation including the Enlisted Education Scholarship, the United Services Automobile Association Reserve Scholarship, and the Lisa Cook Reed Spouse Education Scholarship. Scholarship and grants are awarded and distributed when funds are available.

  • Award amount: Award amounts vary, but typically, grants will reimburse up to $500 annually for textbooks and miscellaneous educational expenses that are not covered by other forms of financial aid. Individuals must submit itemized receipts with their application to be considered.
    • Children of Coast Guard members are eligible for more lucrative scholarships. Children of enlisted Coast Guard members (whether active duty, active reserve, or retired) can earn up to $5,000. Children of fallen Coast Guard members can apply to have their education 100% funded.
  • Eligibility: Depending on the grant, active duty and Reserve Coast Guard members between the ranks of seaman (E-3) and petty officer first class (E-6) who have served on active duty for at least one year and are currently serving, as well as their spouses and children, may be eligible.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Supplemental Education Grants

These grants provide financial aid to current and previous Coast Guard members and their family members. They aim to alleviate the cost of educational materials that are not covered by other forms of financial aid.

  • Award amount: Coast Guard Mutual Assistance will reimburse up to $500 per family member per year for educational costs that are not covered by Tuition Assistance or other financial aid programs. Costs include books, fees, supplies, software, and calculators but not transportation, childcare, or exams.
  • Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program, pursuing vocational or technical training approved by the VA or the Department of Education, attaining a GED, or completing a correspondence course associated with any of the aforementioned programs.

Page last updated: 07/2018