Military & Veteran Education Benefits

Military & Veterans Education Benefits

Are you a veteran or currently in the Reserves or the Guard? You may be eligible for Post 9/11 or Chapter 1606 educational benefits. Veterans with a 10% or more service connected disability, may be eligible for the VA Rehabilitation Program. Children and spouses of veterans who are 100% disabled or deceased as a result of being in the military service may also be eligible for educational assistance. See below for information on specific benefits.

If you are eligible for the NJ Guard Tuition Waiver you must file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  If you are eligible for federal or state grants, the amount of those grant monies will be deducted from the cost of tuition and your waiver will cover any difference.

Only tuition is covered by the waiver and you are responsible for your fees and any housing and/or meal costs.

If you are eligible for the guard waiver, you must provide your Commander Certification to the Office of Financial Aid by email at finaid.docs@stockton.edu or fax at 609.626.5517.

Veterans benefits may be available to graduate students if the student is a veteran or currently in the Reserves or National Guard. Children and spouses of veterans who are 100% disabled or deceased as a result of serving in the military may also be eligible for educational assistance as well.

For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid here.

Visit this web site to apply.

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), is available to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the National Guard.

To be eligible for the MGIB-SR you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve or Guard signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation.
  • Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT.
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve or Guard.
  • Complete the Application for Education Benefits on the VA's VETS.GOV website.
  • Within four to eight weeks you should receive a declaration of eligibility (COE) and a letter explaining your VA GI Bill benefits. A copy of the COE must be given to the Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office.

For additional information about GI Bill ® benefits, visit this web site.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill ® is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001,or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Veterans may also transfer their benefits under Post-9/11 to their spouse or dependent. Please visit these websites for additional information.  Department of Veterans Affairs-Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill ® benefits to Dependents (TEB).  

This program will pay eligible Individuals:

  • Tuition & fees directly to the school.
  • A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school, and annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals payable only for training at an Institutionof Higher Learning (IHL). If you are in the military, you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
  • Determine your Post 9/11-GI Bill ® entitlement percentage - This is based on the number of months you have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. 
    Determine the maximum amount the VA will pay based on the in-state tuition rate for your school's state.
  • Ask your school about their per credit hour tuition and per term fees.
  • Multiply the maximum in-state tuition & fees by your Post-9/11 entitlement percentage and compare this to your school's tuition and fees. If your entitlement is equal to or more than the schools tuition and fees then you are covered - there is no refund of the difference.

For additional information about GI Bill ® benefits, visit this web site.

The Army tuition assistance program provides financial aid to active duty members.

The program is available to active duty members of the:

  • Army
  • Army National Guard
  • Army Reserve

 Benefits:

  • Up to $4,000 a year
  • Up to 130 semester hours toward an undergraduate degree
  • Up to 39 semester hours toward a graduate degree
  • Up to 21 semester hours toward a certificate

Requirements:

  • College Credit Based on Training
  • Advanced Level Training

*Waives 10 year delay on Master's


Proceedure:

  • Establish a GoArmyEd Account
  • View Interactive Tools
 

The Air Force tuition assistance program provides financial aid to active duty members.

The program is available to active duty members of the:

  • Air Force
  • Air Force Reserves

Benefits:

  • Up to $4,500 a year
  • Up to 124 semester hours toward an undergraduate degree
  • Up to 42 semester hours toward a graduate degree

Requirements:

  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate degrees and a 3.0 for graduate degrees to continue using Tuition Assistance. 

Proceedure:

  • Apply for Tuition Assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center
 

The Marine Corps tuition assistance program is available to active duty members of the Marine Corps.


Benefits:

  • Up to $4,500 a year
  • Up to two (2) courses a semester

Requirements:

  • Minimum GT score of 100 or a minimum TABE score of 10.2
  • A grade lower than D or P for passing for non-graduate level coursework, or C for graduate level courses means you have to repay all TA funds for that course

Proceedure:

  • Complete two (2) courses before signing up for TA

1) Higher Ed Prep - Joint Knowledge Online

2) Personal Financial Management - MarineNet

 

The Navy tuition assistance program provides financial aid to active duty members.

The program is available to active duty members of the:

  • Navy
  • Navy Reserve

Benefits:

The Navy will pay 100 percent of tuition and fees up to:

  • Up to $4,500 a year
  • No semester hour limits

Requirements:

  • A grade lower than a D for undergraduate courses or C for graduate courses means you have to pay back Tuition Assistance

Proceedure:

  • Apply for Tuition Assistance online using Secure Tuition Assistance & Other Funding

You may log in via CAC or DEERS

 

The Coast Guard tuition assistance program provides financial aid to active duty members.

The  program is available to:

  • Active duty Coast Guard
  • Members of the Coast Guard Selective Reserve
  • Civilian employees of the Coast Guard

Benefits:

  • Up to $2,250 a year
  • Up to 130 semester hours toward an undergraduate degree
  • Up to 40 semester hours toward a graduate degree

Requirements:

  • A complete Tuition Assistance Application (degree plan uploaded, command approved) must be received by ETQC No less than 14 days prior to the class start date
  • Don't begin a class without an approved Tuition Assistance authorization from ETQC, or you will have to pay for the costs of the course yourself
  • A grade lower than a C for undergraduate courses or B for graduate courses means you have to pay back your Tuition Assistance

Proceedure:

  • Apply for Tuition Assistance online using Secure Tuition Assistance & Other Funding

You may log in via CAC or DEERS

You can access your remaining entitlements by going to the VAeBenefits page and working through these steps:

  • Login to your existing account or register for an account (be sure to write down your username and password)
  • When a security warning pops up while navigating through the site, follow these steps:

1.  Choose "I understand the risk"
2.  Choose "Add Exception"
3.  Confirm security exemption

  • At the "Create your DS logon today" section, answer the questions, then begin "Basic Registration Lev. 1"
  • Once your registration has been completed, upgrade your account and go through Remote Proofing
  • When proofing has been completed, go to eBenefits and click Manage Benefits, then Education
  • At that point, Chapter 33 Post 9/11 recipients should be able to view and print your Post 9/11 GI Bill ® Enrollment Info, which will serve as your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  • Should you have trouble completing  steps 5-6, try logging out and logging back in.  

Need to find a military friendly school? Military.com has hundreds of schools that offer college credit for service and may offer tuition discounts and grants to service members. Search schools now.

To find information on Educational Expenses including Tuition, Fees, Room and Board, please visit The Bursar's Office web page.

Required Documents

If you are receiving education benefits, certain documentation must be submitted. The documents vary, depending upon what chapter benefits you receive. View our Veterans Education Benefits Checklist to learn what documentation you may need to submit to our office to utilize your benefits. Remember to file your FAFSA to see if you are eligible for any other types of financial aid in addition to your benefits.

Learn more

Visit the Office of Military & Veteran Services to learn more about Military and Veteran Services at Stockton.