Army Education Benefits

The Army provides many excellent education benefits, which are covered in detail below:

  • Army College Fund - ACF
    The ACF is an enlistment incentive that adds to the monthly payout received for either the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • College Loan Repayment Program - CLRP
    Those with student debt when joining the Army can select the CLRP enlistment incentive to pay off up to $65,000 of student loans.
  • Army Training to College Credits
    Many colleges award college credit for Army training courses, including basic training and advanced individual training. Many soldiers may be closer to a degree than they realize!
  • GI Bill
    The Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills provide an excellent opportunity for servicemembers to earn their degree (or apprenticeship, technical certificate, etc.) after military service.
    • Montgomery GI Bill - MGIB
      Although largely made obsolete by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, their are still some situations in which the MGIB is more beneficial.
    • Post 9/11 GI Bill
      The new Post 9/11 GI Bill is a vast improvement over the MGIB, allowing greater access to college education for veterans than ever before.
      • Post 9/11 GI Bill Cuts Looming!
        Legislation is making its way through Congress that can substantially cut the benefits available under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
      • Maximum Tuition and Fees Payout by State
        Each state has its own tuition and fees payout rate based on the most expensive undergraduate tuition and fees charged by a public university or college in that state. View the rates here.
      • Yellow Ribbon Program
        For graduate level courses at a public school or for private colleges/universities, the yellow ribbon program can provide additional tuition and fees benefits to help with the higher tuition/fees costs.
        • Yellow Ribbon Participating Colleges
    • Army Tuition Assistance
      Active duty soldiers can attend college courses in their spare time with up to $4,500 of tuition paid for by the military each year.

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