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Veteran Resources: Financial Aid & Scholarships

VA Education Benefits

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level. Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

    For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

    If your release from active duty was before January 1, 2013, there is a 15-year time limitation for use of benefits.  For individuals whose last discharge date is on or after January 1, 2013, the time limitation has been removed.
  • VA Education Benefits for Survivors and Dependents If you’re a dependent spouse or child—or the surviving spouse or child—of a Veteran, you may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits or job training through a GI Bill program
  • GI Bill Comparison Tool
  • National Testing Program  Advancing your education often requires you to take costly national tests. Students can be reimbursed all required (mandatory) fees charged for national admission tests, national tests for college credit, and national tests that evaluate prior learning and knowledge and provide an opportunity for credit at an institution of higher learning (IHL).
  • Tuition Assistance Top Up  Using Top-Up benefits may be an option if you plan to use tuition assistance (TA) to complete a degree program while on active duty, and don't plan to continue your education after service. Top-up can also be helpful for just taking a few courses with TA while on active duty; then you can save most of your GI Bill benefits for after service to complete your education program.
  • Other VA Education Benefits

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

PBSC strives to keep education affordable, so don't worry when it comes to applying. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is committed to helping you and your family take advantage of the multiple options available to fund your education. 

Students can find straightforward and useful federal financial aid information on the Federal Student Aid website and their twitter account, @FAFSA. 

Non-Government Education Benefits for Veterans

The Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran servicemembers and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice.

In our mission to foster the study of U.S. and Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation provides graduate students $17,000 through three fellowships.

AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters, and/or grandchildren. Relatives of deceased veterans are also eligible for this scholarship.

  • Sentinels Bridge for Education – Helps fill the gaps GI Bill payments do not cover.
  • GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for all eligible active duty, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers to request tuition assistance online, anytime, anywhere for classroom and distance learning.