There are many ways for your child to serve the country and get a higher education.
Since the end of the Second World War, with returning soldiers taking advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend school, the U.S. Armed Forces have helped millions of Americans go to college.
The U.S. Armed Forces offers several programs to provide your child with money for school. He or she can choose to serve in the military first and attend college after or attend college first and serve later. Visit: Military Education Benefits page for more information.
Students who participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) can be eligible for merit-based scholarships in return for a post-graduation commitment of three or four years, depending on the branch of service.
Military service academies
Your child can apply for a Congressional appointment to one of the U.S. military academies — such as West Point or Annapolis — where the federal government will pay 100% of the costs.
These competitive appointments consist of full four-year scholarships, supplemental paychecks, four-year degrees, and a guaranteed job after graduation. In return, students serve as a full-time member of the military during school and must commit to five years of service after graduation.
Are you the dependent of someone who was killed or disabled while serving in the military?
If you are a survivor or dependent of someone who has served in the military, you may be eligible for education and training assistance. Click here for more details.