Military education support programs have been created especially for military spouses by all branches of the military, including Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. And being in the military doesn't mean you don't have access to Pell Grants, college work-study programs or other need-based financial aid.
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Education Options for Husbands and Wives

Good news for military spouses who want to further their education: there are military education support programs created especially for you. There are myriad programs, grouped by specific branch of military service, offering financial assistance for military spouses.


The Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) awards grants to spouses of active-duty and deceased Army soldiers. SEAP has expanded to include eligible spouses in the United States, for full-time undergraduate level students. The maximum amount of money per individual during the 2006-07 academic year was $2,500.


The Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) helps spouses of active-duty Navy and Marine members serving overseas. He or she may be a full- or part-time student studying toward a vocational certificate, or an undergraduate or graduate degree. Maximum amounts granted for undergraduates are $300 per semester and $1,500 for the academic year; graduate levels are $350 and $1,750, respectively.


The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is the most popular Air Force college financial aid program, assisting children and spouses of active and deceased Air Force members. Qualifying applicants receive about $2,000.


The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) program offers a supplemental grant of $150 per year toward education-related expenses such as books, housing, supplies and admission tests. The money is available to any military family member.

And being in the military doesn't mean you don't have access to Pell Grants, college work-study programs or other need-based financial aid. Use all that's available to further your education and promote an even higher quality military lifestyle.

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