When veterans and active military personnel think of educational benefits, they normally focus on federal provisions and laws. It’s an understandable association to make, but limiting. States have laws that offer benefits to veterans, including educational ones. Here are some of the examples:
New laws help veterans pursue educational goals. This year the legislature passed, and the governor signed, a bill that offers more educational credits in state schools for tests that military personnel have to take. The same bill addressed the cost of education. More veterans are now eligible for in-state tuition waivers. The law goes into effect July 1.
The colleges and universities of Minnesota have a series of educational benefits for vets. There’s an entire website devoted to the range of benefits available, including educational. There is a benefits guide and a flowchart to help people learn about what they can get. Scholarships are available not only for veterans, but for military spouses and dependents as well. There are also additional tax credits.
Purple Heart recipients can get tuition waivers for bachelor’s and even master’s degrees. Surviving dependents of service members killed in action can get a tuition waver at state schools.
New York State offers tuition awards for veterans who served in hostilities, as evidenced by the appropriate expeditionary medal.
Texas has the Hazelwood Exemption Act. Qualified veterans, spouses, and children can get up to 150 credit hours of tuition exemption, including most fee changes, in Texas schools. There are also additional benefits for children and spouses of military members who died in the line of duty or are missing in action.
State schools may waive part or all of tuition and fees for eligible veterans and National Guard members. Spouses and children of military members who died as a result of service or who are 100 percent disabled receive waivers of all state school tuition and fees.
Veterans who served in a recognized combat theater and who have exhausted their federal education benefits are entitled to fee and tuition waivers. That is just a selection, and any of the states may have benefits in addition to the ones mentioned. The lesson is that it makes sense to do some research and see what might be available.
Perform a web search for the name of your state and the words “veteran,” “education,” and “benefits.” Each state has its own conditions and programs. You will likely need to be a resident of the state (but not in all cases) and may need to have been a state resident when you entered the military. Check with the state’s department of veterans’ affairs for more information and help in learning about the benefits that might be available to you.
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