Resources for Using Your VA Education Benefits, and Other Financing Options
You may or may not be eligible for certain benefits based on your or a parent's military service that could cover some or all of the costs of your education, and even pay you a housing allowance and a stipend for books while you are enrolled in school. It's important to verify your eligibility and apply for these benefits through the VA, and explore some other possibilities for funding your education:
VONAPP (Veterans Online Application) - Enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for education benefits through the US Department of Veterans Affairs
GI Bill Comparison Tool - Learn about education programs and compare estimated benefits by school
Yellow Ribbon Program - The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers tuition costs at any public educational institution, but tuition at private educational institutions is normally above that cap. Some private institutions enter an agreement with VA under the Yellow Ribbon Program so that veteran student tuition and fees are all covered by the student's benefit.
North Dakota Dollars for Scholars – This program has approximately $100,000 in scholarships available to North Dakota students. Individual awards range from $500 to $2,500. Applicants must be from a North Dakota community with an active Dollars for Scholars chapter to qualify. Click here for details and the online application. Apply between 1 Jan and 1 Apr of each year for scholarships awarded in the following fall.
Veterans of Foreign Wars/Sports Clips Haircuts "Help a Hero" Scholarships - Awards of up to $5,000 to qualified applicants. Must have separated at or currently hold rank of E-5 or below and demonstrate financial need; visit the website for complete eligibility and application details.
Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) War Veterans Scholarship - Merit-based scholarships of $2500 awarded to active duty or honorably discharged veterans (including Reservists and National Guardsmen) who actively participated in either Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) or Iraqi Freedom (years 2004 - present) that are currently enrolled and attending classes at least part time pursuing an eligible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. For more details and to complete an online application, click here!
Tona Law Firm (Long Island, NY) Veterans Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship awarded twice a year to a veteran of any service attending or accepted by an accredited U.S. college or university.