Military College Programs
If you would like to serve your country, the military may be able to help you pay for college. The following programs are options to earn an education and serve in the military.
The GI Bill
The term GI Bill® refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently -- depending on a person's eligibility and duty status.
GI Bill Programs
For a description of each GI Bill program, including eligibility requirements, and payment amounts please select from this list of currently active major GI Bill programs:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill
- Reserve and Guard Montgomery GI Bill
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program
The following programs are available to survivors of service members who die in the line of duty or dependents of totally disabled veterans:
Training Available With Your GI Bill
There are several types of training you can use your GI Bill benefits for.
- College degree programs including Associate, Bachelor, and advanced degree programs
- Vocational/Technical Training including non-college degree programs
- On-the-job/Apprenticeship Training
- Licensing & Certification Reimbursement
- National Testing Programs such as SAT, CLEP, AP, etc
- Flight Training
- Correspondence Training
- Work-study programs
- Tuition Assistance Top-Up
- Tutorial Assistance
Keep Up With Your Education Benefits
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The GI Bill is offered by all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to help enlistees pay education costs.
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is the best opportunity for you to get invaluable experience while still in school. When enrolled in ROTC you learn and develop leadership skills and prepare for a career in the U.S. Military. You will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions.
Through ROTC you can start a military career in Health Care, Aviation, Finance, Engineering, Chemistry, Law Enforcement, and Transportation, just to name a few. Additionally, each of the armed forces has their own ROTC programs. That means that you can choose the service and career path that appeals to you.
ROTC offers cadets merit-based scholarships for tuition and related fees plus a personal allowance in return for a commitment of a few years of military service after graduation. Learn more about ROTC programs
Iowa National Guard
Iowa National Guard provides up to 100% tuition assistance, monthly drill checks, GI Bill Kicker, and Student Loan Repayment Programs.
Survivors' and Dependent's Educational Assistance Program
Survivors' and Dependent's Educational Assistance Program offers benefits to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently or totally disabled or deceased. Learn more about the Survivors' and Dependent's Educational Assistance Program