What Does the GI Bill® Cover?

Touro University Worldwide supports military personnel with financial aid, benefits

Transitioning into civilian life after the military can be made easier with the pursuit of a college degree. And, while higher education can be costly, federal benefits for military students, like the GI Bill, help to limit, and in some cases eliminate, the cost of tuition and other expenses. With numerous federal military benefit programs available to active duty service members, veterans and military family members, it can be difficult to identify exactly what does the GI Bill cover and what your school will cover. Touro University Worldwide accepts all military benefits and provides our own incentives for military students.

Federal Education Benefits for Military Students

There are numerous federal benefits available to military students and their families to help afford a college degree.

GI Bill: Active duty service members or veterans with 90 days of aggregate service after Sept.10, 2001 or individuals discharged with a service-oriented disability after 30 days are eligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill. Benefits include up to 36 months of full tuition and fees, a monthly housing stipend and up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Benefits can be applied for undergraduate and graduate degrees, national testing programs and tutorial assistance.

Veteran benefits: In addition to the GI Bill, veterans may be eligible for benefits under the Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP). Veterans who entered the service between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, had the opportunity to enroll in VEAP – an optional matching contribution fund. The government matches contributed funds on a $2-for-$1 basis. Benefits in your VEAP account can be used for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs and vocational flight training programs. VEAP benefits must be used 10 years from your release from active duty. All un-used benefits will be refunded.

Family benefits: Family members of military service members are also eligible for some military benefits.

  • Transfer of benefits: Service members can transfer unused benefits to eligible spouses and dependents with the commitment of additional services. Benefits can be transferred to more than one child or a combination of spouse and child and can be used immediately.
  • Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA) program: Dependents of military service members can receive up to 45 months of education benefits, which can be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship and on-the-job training. Some DEA beneficiaries may even be eligible for up to 81 months of benefits if you are eligible for more than one education benefit.

Military service divisions offer their own benefit packages for their military members. For more information about your eligibility, contact your education officer or VA case worker to learn more about your tuition assistance programs. Additional information can be found by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 or by visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Institutional Benefits for Military Personnel and Family

Touro University Worldwide honors military personnel and family members for their service and sacrifice. And, to show our gratitude for and support of military students and their families, we offer additional education benefits beyond those provided through federal programs.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program: Touro University Worldwide is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program – a voluntary, tuition support program. While traditional military benefits cover up to 100 percent of tuition and other expenses for public, in-state colleges and universities, they do not cover the cost of private or out-of-state institutions or graduate programs. The Yellow Ribbon Program helps to limit the expense of these academic endeavors so you can go to the school of your choice and receive the same benefits of your military peers.
  • Discounted tuition: Active duty, veterans and military family members will receive discounted tuition for all of our programs. Adjusted tuition rates for military are as follows:
    • Bachelor’s programs: $250 per credit hour
    • Master’s programs: $300 per credit hour
    • Doctorate program: $525 per credit hour
    • Online learning format: Touro University Worldwide’s degree programs are offered 100 percent online giving military students access to classes and assignments from anywhere in the world and according to your schedule. Active duty service members benefit from an uninterrupted college experience while veterans can earn a degree while maintaining a full-time job. Our classes are offered in eight-week terms and can be accelerated for an academic pace that suits your needs.
    • No textbook requirement: Military students aren’t burdened by the cost of textbooks at Touro University Worldwide. All materials are fully online for convenient access to resources 24/7.

Military benefits are a viable way to make college more affordable and to help ease your transition into civilian life. Touro University Worldwide is an advocate for our military and is ready to support you along your academic journey. Learn more about TUW’s commitment to military students 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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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