When I finish my undergraduate degree in a couple of years, it’ll be the end of my VA education benefits. But I have a plan if I ever want to get my advanced degree: my home state of Texas offers its own Veteran education benefits separate from federal funding.
But Texas isn’t the only state that offers Veteran education aid to its residents. The American Legion has put together a list of Veteran state education benefits and resources for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The aid programs vary depending on your state and qualifications. For example, Illinois offers to pay tuition and some fees at certain colleges and some private schools in Wisconsin offer generous tuition breaks. Many states have programs in place to reduce costs for folks in the National Guard.
These benefits can be an important resource for Veterans who used the GI Bill to receive a four-year degree, but want to progress further with their education. Not only does is boost job opportunities, but folks holding advanced degrees earn an average of $10,000 more a year over those with just bachelor’s degrees. If you can get your schooling paid or reduced, that’s not a bad return of investment.