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Making College More Affordable

Military Veterans and their Dependents

Educational benefits and scholarships are available to those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. In some programs, enlistees receive an education first, and serve an equivalent amount of military time after graduation. Other programs allow you to accumulate money for an education while completing an initial enlistment period. Some scholarships pay full tuition and all instructional fees, and may include a living allowance. Loan repayment is also available to Army service personnel. For more information, contact your local Armed Forces recruiting office.

For more information on applying for student loans, check out the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website.

State Educational Benefits

Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver

The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver is established as an incentive for qualified young men and women to join the Oklahoma National Guard and as a means to retain skilled, productive citizens within the state.

To learn more, visit the National Guard Tuition Waiver page.

Federal Educational Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill provides educational benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who have at least two years of active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard.

Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

VEAP is the post-Vietnam era Veterans Educational Assistance Program for those who entered active duty for the first time between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and contributed to the VEAP fund while on active duty or had contributions made for them by the military.

Veteran Readiness and Employment

Service-disabled veterans may be eligible for Veteran Readiness and Employment services (formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Benefits may include education or training to qualify for employment, counseling, tutorial assistance and medical services.

Survivors and Dependents Assistance

Educational benefits also are available to veterans' dependents if the veteran (spouse or parent) died in service, was totally disabled, or is listed as missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force or a foreign government power.

Veterans Work-Study Program

If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance.

Learn more about all Veterans Affairs education and training benefits at https://www.va.gov/education/.

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OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.