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The United States Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs

January 09,2012

The United States Military Forces and associated organizations offer various educational assistance programs under Military Spouse and Dependents. Each Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Program is divided into six main categories such as follows:

  • Army Family
  • Air Force Family
  • Navy Family
  • Marines Famil
  • Spouse and Family Scholarships

US Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs List

  • Army
  • Army Family Education Programs

US Military offers educational assistance programs for member’s spouse and family as follows:

SOCAD

  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a degree program for the army worldwide
  • Also available in distance learning option

Army Emergency Relief (AER)

  • Spouse Education Assistance Program (EAP) is available for military spouse who is assigned to Europe, Korea, Japan or Okinawa
  • Grant to assist education cost up to $350 per semester.

Air Force

  • Air Force Family Education Programs
  • The Air Force Military offers opportunity for spouse and family assistance programs.

Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

  • Family members can take courses in off-duty hours in the United States and overseas.

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)

  • General George S. Brown, Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) is available for military spouse where STAP assists in tuition fees at 50% and up to $1,500 per year.
  • General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program offers $1,500 grants for selected children of active duty service members.

Navy

Navy Family Education Programs

Navy Military also provides educational assistance programs for active service members spouse and family.

SOCNAV

  • Service Members Opportunity College (SOC) offers degree program for the Navy worldwide.
  • Able to continue study even Navy transfers you numerous times.
  • Able with distance learning option as well

The Navy Maine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) 

  • Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP): The Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers STAP to your spouse if you are on active duty in the US and overseas (OCONUS) location.
  • Your spouse may be a full or part-time student studying toward a vocational certificate, or an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Amount: Undergraduate maximum $300 per semester and $1500 per year ; Graduate maximum $350 per semester and $1750 per year

VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program 

  • Must be spouse of active duty member or the dependent child of an active or retired member of the Navy or Marine Corps.
  • You must also be a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.
  • Student loan up to $3000
  • Loan repayment begins within 30 days and must repaid within 24months
  • Deadline of application is 1st March every year

Coast Guard
Coast Guard Family Education Programs
Coast Guard Family Education Programs offers educational assistance programs for military spouse and family in programs below:

SOCCOAST

  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a degree program for Coast Guard worldwide
  • You and your adult family members can continue your degree level program and available by distance learning

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) 

  • Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) is offered up to $150 per year for any family member excluding Tuition expenses.
  • Can be used to pay ASVAB, CLEP, SAT, and other study guides.

Additional Education Assistance

  • Offers depended spouses and Federal Coast Guard employees to undergo CLEP, DANTES and other test without any cost.

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Family Education Programs
Marine Corps Family Education Programs offers educational assistance programs for military spouse and family in programs below:

SOCMAR

  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a degree program for Marines worldwide
  • You and your adult family members can continue your degree level program and available by distance learning

The Navy Maine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS): 

  • The Admiral Mike Boorda Seaman-to-Admiral Educational Assistance Program offers grants and/or interest-free loans of up to $2,000 a year to eligible active duty service members accepted to the following programs: Enlisted Commissioning Program, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program
  • Open to Midshipmen who have been released from active duty for immediate assignment to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Program. Application is made through the Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit, or by contacting NMCRS Headquarters

Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP)

  • The Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers STAP to your spouse if you are an active duty service member stationed in an overseas (OCONUS) location.
  • Your spouse may be a full or part-time student studying toward a vocational certificate or an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Amount granted: Undergraduate level maximum of $300 @ semester and $1500 @ year
  • Graduate level maximum of $350 @ semester and $1750 @ year

VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program

  • Must be spouse of active duty member or the dependent child of an active or retired member of the Navy or Marine Corps.
  • You must also be a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.
  • Student loan up to $3000
  • Loan repayment begins within 30 days and must repaid within 24months
  • Deadline of application is 1st March every year
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