By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 3, 2011
GI Bill: The official site of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Allows you to apply for benefits online, research schools, calculate your benefits and, if you get stuck, ask a question right then and there.
The American Council for Education’s GI Bill website: The American Council for Education – the national organization for accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education associations within the United States – GI Bill site includes step by step guides determining your eligibility, calculating your benefits and much more.
The American Legion’s higher education booklet: Helps guide you through the higher education application and financing process. Although the focus of the guide is to help children of deceased and disabled veterans in their pursuit of higher education, it offers information that can benefit all students.
Defense Activity Nontraditional Education Support Education Centers: For assistance navigating through the maze of educational benefits and opportunities, check in with the DANTES Education Center near you.
Defense Activity Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Resources Page: Links to help you not just with the pursuit of higher education once you are out, but also with obtaining various training and certificates while you are still on active duty.
GI BILL Benefits — Roadmap for Success: VA’s step by step “Roadmap for Success” to determine what GI BILL benefits or combination of benefits are the best fit for you.
VA’s Vocational and Educational Counseling: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service provides educational-vocational counseling for veterans and certain dependents.
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) offices: VUB is a free U.S. Department of Education TRIO program designed to help eligible U.S. military veterans enter and succeed in the postsecondary school of their choosing.
Getting your military training and education transcripts: While you were in the military, you received all kinds of training and education. As some may translate into college credit, it is important you obtain a copy of your official transcript recording all this accumulated knowledge.
Navy and Marine Corps
The American Council on Education’s Transfer Guide: Understanding your Military Credit Recommendations: Get a clear understanding of your military transcript and basic information about transfer policies and issues.
The American Council on Education Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training: Check whether your certification examinations translate to college credit.
Veteran educational benefits per state: Apart from the VA administered education benefits, states often have their own veteran educational benefit programs in addition to or in place of the federal ones. Be sure to check out the ones your state offers.
VA Yellow Ribbon Program: Some educational institutions may make additional funds available through the Yellow Ribbon Program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.
The National Resource Directory lists of additional funding sources for service members and veterans.
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs’ list of additional aid and scholarship programs for veterans as well as dependents.
Transfer of VA educational benefits: Allows you to transfer your educational benefits online.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support list of scholarship and funding resources for dependents.
Peterson's DOD MWR Library’s Education Lifelong Learning Resource Center: For help prepping for your GED, the Military Flight Aptitude test or finding scholarships for some additional funding.
Troops To Teachers: Troops to Teachers assists a servicemember’s transition to educator. Their website includes registration, eligibility, as well as tuition and certification assistance information.