Several programs exist in the United States across all industries that offer Veterans favorable terms to thank them for their service to our beautiful country. If you are a Veteran (United States Military member), this list of loans and grants may open up additional funding resources for you as you pursue massage school.
There is no age restriction on qualifying for these awards, most of which are free and do not have to be paid back. And although not all schools participate in these programs, there are more than enough that do across the country which makes it highly likely that you will find one that is close to you.
If you find that no school near you participates in Veteran programs and if you don’t want to temporarily move to attend a massage school elsewhere, don’t forget about the Federal financial aid resources that are also available to you.
Make sure you speak to the schools you are considering about financial aid options for US Military members, past and present. These benefits can be used for tuition and many other school related costs. Here are the top three financial aid programs for Veterans in the United States:
The Montgomery GI Bill: The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available to those who are enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. At the time of enlisting for service, you are eligible to receive a monthly education benefit after meeting certain service obligations such as the completion of your basic and occupation specialty training. This benefit is available to full time members as well as reservists.
The Post-9/11 GI-Bill: This is a more recent option for veterans returning to school after having served at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001. This resource provides funds for education and housing (if relevant to the education such as room and board).
We see many massage schools qualify for this resource because vocational and technical training are also included under this bill. As part of this program, students receive a housing stipend and/or money for books and supplies.
School tuition reimbursement and fees are covered up to $17,500 per year and if your school’s tuition is higher than this, you can also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program which is explained below.
Yellow Ribbon Program: This program exists because of the schools themselves. While the program helps cover education costs over what the Post-9/11 GI-Bill provides for, it is a program that the participating schools contribute to. By participating in this program, schools agree to waive a part of the tuition and fees in exchange for a matched amount from the U.S. Government.
From the school’s perspective, this opens up their doors to potentially more candidates while still staying profitable. Contribution amounts are driven by the schools as well as the States in which they are located. Make sure you ask your school about this option when you meet with their financial aid office counselor. You can also find out more information about this on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
In addition to the three main financial aid programs that Veterans can qualify for above, there are additional programs that although not as popular and prevalent, offer the same type of financial aid that can be used toward tuition and most other school related costs. These programs are as follows:
- Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP)
- Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- National Call to Service Program
Make sure you check with your school about any one of these and see which of them qualify. Every single financial aid program for US Veterans that is listed in this article can be read more about directly on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Not only will you find information about financial assistance for school, but you will also find other benefits available to you. In addition, since new programs always emerge and old ones go away or get modified, it is always a good idea to check with their website to stay up to date on the latest and greatest.
In conclusion, although this article is focused only on just those loans and grants available to US Veterans, don’t forget to read about the other common resources available to everyone which you can qualify for as well. You can read more about those resources here.