In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the states. The following are the Rhode Island veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.
Rhode Island Free Tuition for Disabled Veterans
RI resident veterans with 10 – 100% service-connected disability get free tuition at RI’s public colleges and universities. Must apply for and use financial aid first.
State Tuition Exemption Program
Covers one (1) tuition free course per SUMMER semester, not to exceed two (2) courses a year. STEP can only be used based on seat availability. You must get a STEP certificate from the Education Office before registering for your class. STEP can be used with Montgomery GI Bill. Four free per enlistment, the member can get four more free for every year he/she extend his/her enlistment.
This program is available to all Army and Air National Guard Service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Masters Degree, or certification from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island.
National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program
The Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) provides a tuition waiver for current National Guard members at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities.
- Up to five tuition free classes per (fall or spring) semester at RI’s public colleges and universities.
- Fees and books must be paid by the military member.
- The waiver can be used in conjunction with GI Bill.
- Army and Air National Guard service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, or Masters Degree from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island.
- Service members must be in good standing and not be flagged for adverse action.
- Guard members must have one year military commitment at end of class for every 12 credits.
- Guard member’s ETS must be after end of class date.
The state of Rhode Island provides for waiving of tuition for up to five classes at any Rhode Island institution of higher learning and must be applied towards an Associates, Bachelors or Master’s degree. Soldiers must obligate one year of service after the completion of classes for every 12 credits waived.
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For more information regarding Rhode Island veterans’ benefits, please visit – Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs
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