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Options for Military, Veterans, and Spouses

Many students have questions about the military education benefits they may have earned through their service or if they can use these benefits at Purdue Global. From military tuition assistance to information on benefits for military spouses, this is where you can learn about options available to servicemembers (including Guard and Reserve units), veterans, and their spouses.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military tuition assistance may pay up to $166 per quarter credit hour to a maximum of $4,500 per year.

For example, Purdue Global’s undergraduate tuition rate for servicemembers, including members of the Guard or Reserve, is $165 per credit hour. If a servicemember was approved for the $4,500 maximum, the tuition assistance would cover 27 credits per year ($165 x 27 = $4,500).

Note: You must be approved for tuition assistance before enrolling and must apply for additional courses each term. Your Educational Service Officer will inform you regarding your eligibility.

Applying for Federal Military Tuition Assistance

  • Speak with a Purdue Global Military Admissions Advisor or review the branch-specific tuition assistance eligibility requirements and benefits.
  • Apply for conditional acceptance to Purdue Global.
  • Apply for tuition assistance and speak to your Educational Service Officer or complete the online application.
  • If approved, begin classes.

Note: Should your Educational Services Officer not approve your tuition assistance request and you are not approved by your start date, you will be liable for any tuition and fees due. We highly recommend you verify your tuition assistance before beginning courses.

Military Advisors Can Assist You With:

  • Obtaining information on the Montgomery GI Bill® and the Post-9/11 GI Bill®*
  • Understanding how military tuition assistance programs work
  • Reviewing tuition costs and how these compare to education benefits for military
  • Explaining how Purdue Global’s tuition reductions apply to your selected program
  • Applying for military benefits
  • Exploring other financial aid options if you are not eligible for or are not using military education benefits

Additional TA Resources

Please refer to the branch-specific resource pages for important information about military tuition assistance:

Benefits for Military Spouses

Purdue Global's online degree programs allow military spouses to continue their education, no matter where in the world their family is stationed.

  • MyCAA

    MyCAA Update

    The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA) is a workforce development program that provides tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship assists military spouses in pursuing licenses, certificates, certifications, or associate’s degrees necessary to gain employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields and occupations.

    The MyCAA program is open to eligible spouses under the below program guidelines. Spouses are subject to eligibility criteria and revised funding limits:

    • Spouses of an Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine servicemember, or active Reserve member in the pay grades of E-1 to E-5, W-1 and W-2, or O1 and O-2 are eligible.
    • National Guard and/or AGR sponsors must be on federal Title 10 active-duty orders as reported in DEERS.
    • Spouses of Guard/Reserve members in an Alert, Transition Assistance, or Post-deployment status are not eligible.
    • MyCAA accounts are limited to the new $4,000 maximum benefit with a $2,000 fiscal year cap. Waivers will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000.
    • Spouses must finish their program of study within 3 years from the start date of the first course.
    • Funding is limited to only associate's degrees, certifications, and licensure programs.
  • Additional Info

    Additional Information

    Military One Source is a Department of Defense resource that provides information about education, relocation, parenting, stress, and other issues many military families may face.

Additional Benefits for Servicemembers

Outside Scholarships

The Scholarship and Financial Aid Explorer website was established to assist military members in locating scholarships and financial support for education. The site is open to all veterans and members regardless of branch.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal student aid may be available for military students not eligible for military tuition assistance or GI Bill benefits. Purdue Global can help determine if you are eligible for federal financial aid, including grants and loan programs. 

GI Bill® Benefits

While GI Bill benefits are often thought of as exclusively for veterans, they can be used during active-duty service. When these benefits are used in conjunction with military tuition assistance, it is done through the Top Up provision. Often, Top Up is not used as a student may lose a disproportionate amount of the GI Bill benefits in this situation. However, any GI Bill benefits are directly proportionate to the courses you take. For example, if you are eligible for the 100% entitlement of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you attend 6 months of courses at a 50% course load, your GI Bill benefit would be reduced by 3 months.

Please note, you would not be eligible for the Basic Housing Allowance for the portion of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits you use while on active duty; the housing allowance is only paid when you are in a veteran status.

It is important that you contact the Veterans Administration to determine exactly what your benefits are. There are several levels of entitlement and different types of GI Bills, each with varying rules and benefits to consider.

You can start at www.gibill.va.gov or www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Post-9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill

NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.