Military Benefits for Education

As a member of the military, a former member, a dependent of a service member, or a future service member, you could be eligible for a number of military or VA educational benefits.

Comparing Your Benefits

A complete listing of Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents is available at Veterans Benefits - Department of Veterans Affairs. For many prospective students, the Post-9/11 GI Bill may be a better opportunity than other education benefit programs, such as the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve and the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP). However, this depends on several factors, including the type of educational program you plan to enroll in and the amount of educational benefits received under each program.

Compare Your Options

Comparison Chart: Monetary Benefits

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While you might think you would receive more benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, this will not always be the case.

Election of Benefits

If you wish to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and another GI Bill benefit such as the Montgomery GI Bill you will be required to make an irrevocable choice of which benefit you wish to receive.

If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and two or more other education benefit you must make an irrevocable choice to give up ONE of the other education benefits, however you will remain eligible for the benefit you did not relinquish. Because you are now eligible for two education benefits, you MAY be able to change which education benefit you draw depending on your eligibility.

For example: you have eligibility under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Selected Reserve GI Bill. You can get a degree in electrical engineering under the Post-9/11 GI Bill at a community college, then you can enroll in an apprenticeship program with the electrician's union under the Selected Reserve GI Bill and receive Journeyman certification.

If you are not planning to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill now, you do not need to make your election immediately but should wait until closer to the time in which you wish to use benefits.

The Department of Veterans Affairs generally specifies benefit programs as a Chapter. It is important that you understand which Chapter(s) apply to you. The Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility, not Alliant International University.

Military Education Benefit Programs Available at Alliant

The following Military Education Benefit programs are available at Alliant International University:

Health Professions Scholarship Program

The Air Force, Army, and Navy offer the Health Professions Scholarship program (HPSP). The programs generally cover 100% of a student's graduate school tuition and fees to become a psychologist. In addition, the programs generally offer a signing bonus plus a monthly stipend.

Students who complete the program enter the service as a commissioned reserve officer on active duty and will receive officer's pay and benefits. Generally, students are obligated to serve at least three (3 years).