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College Assistance

The moment a young man or woman becomes a Marine, many doors to higher education will open, and government Tuition Assistance becomes effective immediately. Your son or daughter can earn a college degree during active duty as an Enlisted Marine by taking courses at a college or university level during service.

Marines’ college funding can help pay for college:

Tuition Assistance Program
  • Includes financial aid toward college tuition during service
  • May be used at civilian colleges and graduate schools toward any degree higher than the one currently held by the Marine.
College Degree Program
  • Includes a four- and two-year option
Marine Corps College Fund
  • Adds money to qualified Marines’ GI Bill accounts for future education

Marine Officers are also encouraged to seek advanced degrees which will benefit them in and out of the Marine Corps. Programs to help officers earn advanced degrees include:

Advanced Degree Program (ADP)
  • Allows selected officers an 18-month leave from the Marine Corps to attend an accredited graduate school of their choice full time
  • They continue to receive regular pay and allowances
Special Education Program
  • Builds on specialties in technical and nontechnical disciplines
  • Can lead to a master’s degree in designated disciplines
  • Officers continue to receive regular pay and allowances while studying
Tuition Assistance Program
  • Includes financial assistance toward tuition during service
  • May be used at civilian colleges and graduate schools toward any degree higher than the one currently held by the Marine

Marines can also receive money toward a degree after service. The Post 9-11 G.I. Bill, a government program that provides funding for future education, ensures that your Marine may attend school for years after service is completed.

In addition to the G.I. Bill, higher education loans, grants and scholarships may also be available.

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