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A GI Bill pays for a few semesters, but if you want a long-term degree or you're interested in a specialized degree, it may not pay for everything. The good news is that there are grants for military veterans for school. This is a part of your veteran's benefits, so it's important to take advantage of these financial aid opportunities to help you out in your college career. There are multiple grants, scholarships, loans and work programs available to veterans who are entering college that you may be eligible for. If you do have specific questions or you want to read it from the source, you can always go to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and see what benefits you qualify for. Here are few different financial aid opportunities for military veterans:

Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program

This financial aid program provides as much as 45 months of education and training opportunities to those who are eligible dependents of veterans. There are requirements for eligibility, which mostly depend on your status. If you are the son, daughter or spouse of a veteran who died or is permanently , totally disabled as a result of service, or who died because of the disability, or was missing in action, or captured by a hostile force, then you are eligible for this award. It is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 26 if you are a son or daughter. Spousal benefits are ended 10 years from the date that the VA finds the spouse as being eligible. You need to file VA Form 22-5490 if eligible.

Air Force Aid Society

This organization offers several financial aid opportunities to air force veterans and families. You can find the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program and General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) offer thousands of dollars in aid every year to potential veterans and family members. You can find out more information by

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

For those who served as Marines, you can find that the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation frequently offers scholarships, about 1,600 annually, and totaling about $5 million to veteran's families. These awards are offered to children of members of the Marine Corps who were killed, wounded in combat or who demonstrate financial aid.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society

This is another organization devoted to military families and helping veterans go back to school. The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society offers several ways to pay tuition and help with living expenses for those trying to earn an education. The following are some of their financial aid programs: VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program, USS Tennessee Scholarship Fund, Dependents of Deceased Service Members Scholarship Program, Bridge Loans for Tuition Assistance Program and GI Bill, and Admiral Mike Boorda Scholarship Program.

National Association for Uniformed Services

This organization is specifically for those who are just starting their collegiate careers after military service. For veterans who are entering undergrad, you can find scholarships through the NAUS at their website

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

Looking for some gratitude in the form of cash? ThanksUSA is a non-profit organization that wants to do just that. ThanksUSA is a sponsor for a large scholarship program that benefits children and spouses of activity duty US military personnel. There are as many as 500 scholarships given annually that are worth $3,000 each. These are available only to students who are in undergraduate study with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. You can read more about this program by going here.

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