The payment of tuition and all other academic fees are the responsibility of each participant. The use of in service GI Bill education benefits, grants and student loans are encouraged. The Marine Corps tuition assistance program cannot be used. Contact a Veterans Administration Advisor and/or your Education Services Officer for guidance concerning education benefits.
YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows universities/colleges to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The university/college can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the university/college.
-The Department of Education provides this information -
-Colleges/Universities list scholarship information through their financial aid offices. Check college/university websites for eligibility requirements and deadlines.
-These list are also good start:
*Please note that the LSP does not endorse any specific listed scholarship. This is a resource list. If the link is outdated, we suggest you do an internet search to find the most recent information.
Avoiding Scholarship Scams
Be wary of companies or scholarship services that charge a fee or guarantee results. No company can guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.
MIDWEST STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
MHEC helps improve access to postsecondary education through the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). Since 1994, the MSEP has provided more affordable opportunities for students to attend out-of-state institutions. The MSEP serves as the Midwest’s largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program. MSEP is not a scholarship.
GRANTS VS LOANS
Most often, grants are issued by the government to those in need, and do not require repayment. Loans, which are also need based, do require repayment, typically after a student has completed their education.
To learn more about government grants, visit: http://studentaid.ed.gov/
Free Application For Federal Student Aid-- FAFSA Form
Financial Aid Application Tips
-The FASFA form should be completed annually by current and prospective college students to determine eligibility for student financial aid, including Pell and other grants.
-The U.S. Department of Education begins accepting FAFSA applications on January 1 of each year for the upcoming academic year. Most federal, state, and institutional aid is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are advised to submit a FAFSA as early as possible. Information that has changed must be updated annually.
STATE VETERAN BENEFITS
Check your state for available Veterans educational benefits. The following link provides websites for each of the individual states that offer veterans benefits. http://www.military.com/benefits/content/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html
A resource to not only help you find the right college, but also determine the total cost of your education and how you can finance it - http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/