Military Service

The US military pays for a lot of college – and is paying for even more since new, more generous Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits became available in August 2009. 

Oklahoma veterans, reservists, National Guard members and other military personnel can go to college and pursue other educational goals at little or no cost through old and new federal GI Bills and the state’s National Guard Tuition Waiver program. 

GI Bills

The new GI Bill covers education expenses up to the full in-state tuition and fees for the most expensive public university in the state. It also pays a monthly housing allowance and up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies. Benefits are good for up to 36 months over a period of 15 years. 

Service members will become eligible for 40 percent of the benefit after only 90 days of active duty. That percentage rises over time and reaches 100 percent after 36 months. 

Meanwhile, the old Montgomery GI Bill will also remain in effect. Service members generally have to make contributions totaling $1,200 to become eligible, but it does cover flight training and certain other education programs not covered by the new bill. 

For more information, see the VA’s GI Bill Web site and the Education tab at the non-governmental Military.com Web site. 

Oklahoma National Guard

Members of the Oklahoma National Guard can qualify for free enrollment at state-supported colleges and universities. Under the State Tuition Waiver program, Army and Air National Guard members are responsible for books, supplies and other costs. 

The program covers undergraduate studies and ends when the student leaves the Guard. 

For information on other military benefits and options, see Military Careers.