In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the states. The following are the Virginia veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.
Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program
The Military Survivors and Dependents Program provides educational benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. This program may pay for tuition and fees at any state-supported college or university in Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months.
VA National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (VNGSTAP)
Funds 100% of tuition costs remaining after all Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) benefits are applied, at any Virginia state supported school. Maximum VNGSTAP benefit is $6,000 per year, or $2,000 maximum per semester (fall, spring, and summer). VA Guard members are also offered in-state tuition rates as long as they are receiving State Tuition Assistance. Total tuition assistance for private institutions may not exceed the above rates. Subject to availability of funds, VNGSTAP recipients receive up to $350 per semester for textbooks. The VNGSTAP can be combined with the GI Bill.
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For more information regarding Virginia veterans’ benefits, please visit – Virginia Department of Veterans Services
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