Military Education Benefits

Military education benefits

Benefits Overview

Military students who are serving on active duty, in one of the reserve components or the National Guard components, veterans, and eligible family members may use their educational benefits at Argosy University.

The links below provide further information regarding the individual benefits and opportunities available through the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). While benefit and eligibility information is provided, the ultimate approval of a student’s ability to use a particular benefit is determined by the respective government agency offering the benefit.

In addition to the information we’ve provided, the knowledgeable staff at Argosy University is available to help guide you through the process. Speak with one of our experienced admissions representatives to get started. For further information on participation and eligibility, contact us at 1-877-800-8412.

Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard

Tuition Assistance

Argosy University has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense, which allows you to use Military Tuition Assistance (TA). The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members. TA currently pays tuition and course-specific fees up to $250 per semester hour for eligible students. Your service branch pays your tuition directly to the school. Prior to enrolling into an institution, service members need to first check with an education counselor or Educational Services Officer (ESO), for the specifics involving TA by visiting their local installation education office, contacting your education counselor or ESO, or by going online to a virtual education center.

Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures, and each determines the eligibility requirements and the amount of assistance available. The service member must apply for the program and receive approval before starting classes. Prior to your course enrollment, you may be required to develop an education plan or complete TA orientation.

To find out how to get started, contact your ESO, visit your local installation education center, go online to a virtual education center or click on the following links for each service branch:

Military Deployed or Natural Disaster Students Withdrawal Refund Policy can be found here.

Top Up

Top Up allows a service member to use Tuition Assistance in conjunction with either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) ® or the Post 9/11 GI Bill® if the cost of tuition exceeds the amount covered. You must be eligible to use either Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 of the GI Bill® and meet the eligibility guidelines for tuition assistance. For more information, please click here.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill ®

This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered when eligible. Find more information here.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill ®

Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your Argosy University finance counselor. Find more information here.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill ®

This program is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlisted in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1st 1985. In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their IDAT (initial date active training). Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated. This benefit pays directly to the student; arrangements for tuition and fees payment will need to be made with your Argosy University finance counselor. Find more information here.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is an education benefit to assist Reserve and National Guard members called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001. This benefit pays directly to the student and can be used toward the cost of tuition and fees, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your financial aid officer. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits. If you have questions about your eligibility for REAP or Post-9/11 benefits, call the Veterans Administration at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (7 a.m. through 6 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday) to speak with an Education Call Center Agent. To obtain more information, visit here.

Kickers & Additional Contributions

A kicker is part of an enlistment contract and is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. The VA should automatically pay this benefit as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing his or her claim. No additional paperwork is needed.

Veterans

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill ®

This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered while eligible. Find more information here.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Argosy University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for all degree programs from the associate’s to the doctoral level programs. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides assistance to veterans with 100% eligibility of Ch 33 Post 9/11GI Bill® whose cost of tuition and fees exceeded the annual cap. Once the annual cap is reached, half of the remaining cost for tuition and fees for the fiscal year will be covered by the school and the VA will match the other half. Some degree programs may be subject to a maximum tuition & fee reimbursement amount per academic year from the Yellow Ribbon Program. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate. Find more information here.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill ®

Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your Argosy University finance counselor. Find more information here.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

This employment program provides educational support to eligible veteran’s who are entering the work force. Veterans will meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an education plan. To contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, visit this page.

Spouses and Dependent Children

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program

This program provides educational assistance to spouses of Active Duty members toward an Associate's or Certificate program. Students who are eligible may qualify up to a $4,000 lifetime limit, with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th). For more information, visit here.

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 GI Bill ® to Dependents

Eligible active duty service members may be able to transfer their unused Post 9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33) benefit to their spouses or dependent children while on active duty. This benefit may cover 100% of tuition and fees up to a maximum amount per fiscal year (August 1st through July 31st). To obtain more information visit here.

Fry Scholarship

This scholarship provides the Post 9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33) to children of service members who have died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Students who are entitled to this benefit may have a significant portion of their tuition covered. Effective January 1, 2015, the law expands eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to include surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces who died or die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. To obtain more information, visit here.

Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents Assistance

This program provides educational assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled as a result of their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit pays directly to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your financial aid officer. To obtain more information, visit here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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