Veterans Resources - Military Education Benefits

If you are not sure which benefits you may be eligible to receive, please contact Anita Baugh for assistance.

GI Bill®

There are several different chapters of the GI Bill® and each one has different eligibility criteria.

  • Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30 and Chapter1606)
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
    • Fry Scholarship
    • Transfer of Eligibility
  • Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

For more information, including full eligibility criteria please visit:  www.vets.gov

Federal Tuition Assistance-FTA

You may be eligible for FTA if you are currently serving.  FTA pays up to $250 per credit and up to 16 credits per fiscal year.  Application process depends on your branch of service.  For Army National Guard & Reserve members, apply online at www.goarmyed.com.   Funding requests should be submitted NLT 10 days prior to class start date.  For Air Force Reserve, you will need to contact the Base Education Office.

For more information, including full eligibility criteria please visit:  http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/education/assets/Federal_Tuition_Assistance_-_FY17.pdf

State Tuition Reimbursement-STR

Minnesota Army & Air National Guard members may be eligible for STR.  If you are eligible for FTA, you must have applied for FTA benefits first.  You must submit a Memorandum of Understanding and once courses are complete you will need to submit the Payment Request Form within 90 days of course completion.  MOU and Payment Request documents should be submitted to your unit admin.

For more information, including full eligibility criteria please visit: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/education/state/benefits/index.php

Minnesota GI Bill

The MN GI Bill is a state benefit for veterans, non-veterans with at least 5 years of service and dependents who are also recipients of Chapter 35 or the Fry Scholarship.  You must be a MN resident and apply for the FAFSA.  This benefits pays up to $1000 per semester for full time and up to $500 per semester for part-time.  The benefit is a last dollar program and is need-based. 

For more information, including full eligibility criteria please visit: https://mn.gov/mdva/resources/education/minnesotagibill.jsp

Surviving Spouse & Dependent Education Benefit

This benefit is provided to spouses and dependents whose Veteran spouse and/or Veteran parent died while on active duty, or as a result of a service-connected condition.  If found eligible, survivors are allowed admission to Minnesota postsecondary education institutions either operated by this state or is operated publicly or privately and maintains academic standards substantially equivalent to those of comparable institutions operated in this state. Surviving spouses and dependents will be able to receive a tuition waiver until he or she obtains a bachelor's degree. In addition, MDVA will pay $750 per fiscal year towards fees, books & supplies, and/or room and board.

For more information, including full eligibility criteria please visit: https://mn.gov/mdva/resources/education/survivingspousebenefit.jsp

Veterans Education Assistance

This is a one-time $750 grant for tuition to assist with completing a bachelor's degree for Veterans who have exhausted, through use, all of their GI Bill benefits.  Must have been a Minnesota resident at the time of entry into the Armed Forces and be a current Minnesota resident.

For more information, including full eligibility criteria please visit:  https://mn.gov/mdva/resources/education/vea.jsp

Scholarships

There are various scholarships offered through the SCTCC Foundation Office.  To apply visit:  http://www.sctcc.edu/scholarships

There are also some external opportunities for scholarships that can be found here:  http://www.sctcc.edu/external-scholarships

You may also find military related scholarships for both veterans and dependents here:  https://linkvet.org/app/custom/education  Choose Scholarships under Hot Topics.