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How Do I Get Education Benefits for My Wife to Go to School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How do I get my wife benefits for school? I’m on active duty, so what do I have to do to get her money for school- – Matthew

A: Matthew, I’ll give you a couple of options to get your wife some money for school. First, if you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you could transfer any  (or all) unused education benefits to her.  You need to have served at least six years on active duty and agree to serve an additional four years before you can make the transfer.

Another option is applying for a variety of scholarships.  Depending on your service branch, some of the more popular are:

  • the Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship – Army;
  • the The Fisher House Foundation – Army;
  • the Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP) – Army;
  • the Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program (OSEAP) – Army;
  • the Anchor Scholarships program – Navy;
  • the General George S. Brown, Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) – Air Force.

The MyCAA was a good program also, but it is on an operational pause and they are not taking any new applicants. Keep watch on it though as I expect them to open it up again at some point in time.

Also, don’t overlook the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars; they each award scholarships annually.

You can Google any of these scholarship programs to get more information, such as how and when to apply.

Finally, don’t overlook your college as another good source of scholarship money. Many have their own educational benefit programs and generally award based on need and funds available.

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