There are many veteran discounts available to both retired and active service members. Many military discounts come directly from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). However, there are also lesser-known military discounts from other sources.
Some of these benefits come from nonprofit groups, while others are from private companies. Many of the programs focus on free healthcare for veterans, while others provide assistance with education or buying a home. There is also life insurance for veterans and less expensive car insurance.
VA education benefits offer significant discounts on college costs. Many military members enlisted in the first place because of the generous educational benefits, saving them thousands of dollars. There are few eligibility requirements for veterans who want to attend college. Whether you already have a degree or you are a first-time student, you can use your military discount to get substantial savings on tuition.
Some VA educational benefits completely eliminate college costs, while others offer a discount on tuition or provide funding for school supplies. Not only do these benefits apply to your college costs, but there are various grants and education assistance programs for other types of education, including vocational schools, certificate programs and courses for on-the-job training. Some of the veteran education programs also apply to your family members.
Typically, the benefits for family members are not as large as your own benefits.
The GI bill VA program is one of the most well-known resources for educational assistance. The bill was created to reward veterans who served after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Formally, the program is known as Chapter 33. It provides free education for veterans as long as they attend public schools. Veterans are also eligible for free monthly cash benefits through the GI bill. There are many online colleges that accept GI bill benefits. If a public school offers online classes, it still counts as a public school, so you get the full range of benefits.
You can also get VA educational benefits from the GI bill even if you attend private schools. As of writing, you are eligible for up to $25,162 each year, for up to three years.
The funds are released each month in a grant, which must be used for the following expenses:
- General tuition and college fees.
- Housing expenses.
- School supplies, such as textbooks, computers or specialized software.
- Travel costs, if you are moving to a new state or live in a rural area.
If you need assistance signing up for GI bill benefits, you can either contact the VA for assistance or speak with the financial assistance department at the college you wish to attend.