Military Spouses make great sacrifices to be a spouse and support our soldiers. Because of that, the military has established programs to try to help ease the burden. Tuition Assistance programs are available for military spouses to continue their education without all the financial pressures that come with paying for it. This post is designed to share some of the opportunities available to us.Although every program is different from one another however, they have similar goals. The intended goal is to provide each spouse member with economic help so that they can have good opportunities for career through education.If you’re a Military Spouse or connected with one, this post is for you:
Financial support for Marine and Navy Corps spouses program:
STAP the Navy’s Spouse Tuition Aid Program offers both Maine and Navy spouses who are living abroad with their military member they are granted with the facility i.e. up to 50% of discount on the tuition for education programs. Moreover, it has a limit of 300 dollars per term plus does not exceed 1500 dollars per year. There is no need to attend classes for full day.Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Administered covers full graduate program at high per term rate/per-year at the max.The Air Force has their edition of Navy’s Spouse Tuition Aid Program. While alike to the Marine /Navy program, because it has a limit of $1500 per academic year. It has a dissimilar twist. Its main aim is to provide partial tuition help through granting up to 50 percentages of the charges for tuition.· Army Tuition Assistance program: As the Army has 2 spouse’s assistance program for tuition. Where one is for the spouse’s member who is stationed abroad and another one for those in the state. It totally depends on your need, the Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program (OSEAP) funded education should be finished whilst the spouse is living abroad with her or his military member. Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program always gives half of the tuition fee i.e. up to $540 per term or $2700 per year.The Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) is just like OSEAP program because it also depends on your need. The dissimilarity, nevertheless, is that it is only available to the spouses who are:1. Soldiers who died on duty.2. Retired soldiers.3. Active duty personnel stationed stateside.4. Retired soldiers who have died.Both programs are administered by AER (Army Emergency Relief) plus cover vocational training programs or undergraduate. Army Emergency Relief has consolidated the SEAP and OSEAP starting with the 2012-2013 school year. You can read more about the consolidation here.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA):
This program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), and offers tuition assistance for a military spouse pursuing a career – usually in education, business administration & health services, since these jobs are generally found at just about every military installation. Active duty spouses could apply for an award $3,000 for two year of college.My main purpose for sharing this information is this: the military is changing. Budget cuts and reductions are coming. This is NOT a scare tactic. When budgets start getting reduced, the first things to go are programs like these. Don’t sleep on this thinking that ‘it will always be there’.