In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the states. The following are the Minnesota veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.
Minnesota GI Bill
The Minnesota GI Bill is available to
- Minnesota veterans who served honorably in any branch of the armed forces at any time
- non-veterans who served honorably for a cumulative total of five years or more as a member of the MN National Guard or any other active or reserve component and had active service after September 11, 2001
- eligible spouses, surviving spouses, and children of permanently and totally disabled veterans who are eligible for the Federal GI Bill.
Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students can receive up to $500 per semester (up to $3,000 per academic year and $10,000 per lifetime).
OJT and Apprenticeship individuals are eligible for up to $2,000 per fiscal year for either program. Approved employers are eligible to receive $1,000 placement credit payable upon hiring a person under this program and another $1,000 after 12 consecutive months of employment. Recipients must be a Minnesota resident under the age of 62, and enrolled at a Minnesota institution.
Surviving Spouse & Dependent Education Benefit
The Surviving Spouse and Dependent Education benefit is for spouses and dependents, including adopted and step-children, whose veteran spouse and/or veteran parent died while on active duty, or as a result of a service-connected condition.
The veteran must have been a resident of Minnesota when they entered the military, or have been a resident of Minnesota for at least six months prior to passing away due to a service connected disability.
Applicants must be Minnesota residents and the spouse cannot be remarried.
There is no age limitation for eligible survivors. Surviving spouses and dependents can get a bachelor’s degree without paying tuition.
They also get $750 per year for fees, books and supplies, and/or room and board.
The benefit is available at MN state schools or private schools in the state.
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Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)
- You must be a member of the Minnesota National Guard.
- You are eligible for STR for classes that you attend AT AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE after completion of basic training.
- State policy requires Minnesota National Guard enlisted Soldiers to apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) in GoArmyEd.com BEFORE they are eligible to apply for State Tuition Reimbursement (STR). Officers are exempt due to the service obligation they incur with use of FTA.
- You must remain in the Minnesota National Guard during the entire term of courses.
- E1 to O5, including Warrant Officers are eligible for State Tuition Reimbursement. The lifetime maximum State Tuition Reimbursement benefit is 208 quarter or 144 Semester credits.
- State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended to service members who have satisfactorily completed their service contract in the Minnesota National Guard who served honorably in federal active service or federally funded state active service since September 11, 2001.
- Eligibility is extended for a period of two years, plus the amount of time equal to the duration of that person’s active service.
- State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended to service members who have been separated or discharged from that organization due to a service-connected injury, disease, or disability.
- Eligibility period is extended for eight years beyond the date of separation.
The Undergraduate reimbursement rate is up to 100% of the undergraduate rate of the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities Campus with a maximum yearly benefit of $17,000 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).
The Graduate reimbursement rate is up to 100% of the graduate rate of the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities Campus with a maximum yearly benefit of $36,000 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).
For more information regarding Minnesota veterans’ benefits, please visit – Minnesota Department of Veterans Services
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