Armed forces educational benefits don’t just apply to active duty service members. There are benefits available for those serving in the Reserves or National Guard, veterans, and spouses or dependents. This section provides a detailed list of programs and benefits for all eligible parties. Besides the benefits listed here, each branch provides other options specifically for its service members. (You can find these options in branch-specific Student Caffé articles.) Education is a priority of the military!


The following chart lists the educational programs and benefits that are available to service members in every branch of the military. Some of these benefits are available only to current service members. Others are available to veterans or dependents. Clicking on the name of the benefit will take you to more information.

Benefit Name Active Duty Reservist Veteran Dependent
Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty X X
Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves X
Post 9/11 GI Bill X X X X
Yellow Ribbon Program X X
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account X
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship X
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program X
DANTES: Troops to Teachers X X X
DANTES: College Entrance Exam Funding X X
DANTES: College Credit through Exams X X X
Health Professions Scholarship Program This program is for students interested in joining the military in a medical field.
Health Professions Loan Repayment Program X X
VEAP X X
REAP X
Tuition Assistance X X
Perkins Loan Cancellation X
In-State Tuition Rates X X
Credentialing Opportunities Online X X X
U.S. Military Apprenticeship Program X

The following organizations may offer private scholarships for eligible service members, veterans, or dependents:

Page last updated: 04/2017