The Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a special incentive that the Army offers to highly qualified applicants entering the Army. Under the LRP, the Army will repay part of a Soldier's qualifying student loans. This is only available to enlisted Soldiers.
- Must decline enrollment in the Montgomery GI Bill in writing, using DD Form 2366
- Have LRP guaranteed in writing in the enlistment contract (DA Form 3286-66)
- Be a non-prior service accession
- Enlist with a high school diploma
- Have an Armed Forces Qualification Test score of 50, or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
- Enlist in one of the critical military occupational specialties (MOS). These MOS change quarterly. The local Army recruiter will have the current list
- Possess a loan that was made, insured, or guaranteed under the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part B, D, or E and prior to entering active duty
Note: It is Army policy that no one be enlisted with a defaulted loan. Therefore, defaulted loans will not be repaid.
Be sure to visit the GI Bill website for more information!
You can use the GI Bill at colleges, universities, trade schools, and for on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and flight schools. To see what programs are currently approved for VA benefits, go to the VA GI Bill website.
If you are enrolling at an online college, you can verify your school's accreditation by visiting Accredited Online Schools and Colleges.
Ensure you contact the school's VA Representative prior to enrolling! The VA Rep will:
- Direct students to the necessary VA application materials
- Certify student enrollment and verify ongoing enrollment changes to the VA
- Communicate important school/VA information which impacts enrollment
- Serve as a liaison to Veteran's Affairs
- Connect students with available resources on campus and with the VA
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay you:
- all resident tuition & fees for a public school
- the lower of the actual tuition & fees or the national maximum per academic year for a private school
- an exception to this exists for students enrolled in private schools in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX. In these cases they will pay the lower of the actual tuition & fees or the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition & fees
The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Servicemembers to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children.
Now you can find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. The new tool was developed with the assistance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education. The GI Bill Comparison Tool provides key information about college affordability and brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies, including the number of students receiving VA education benefits at each school.
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
Honorary High School Diploma
- Honorary High School Diplomas for WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Designed for those who left high school to serve in these wars.
- Application is sent to "Department of Public Instruction, Attn: Lynette Norbeck, 600 E. Boulevard 11th Floor, Bismarck ND 58505-0440 Lynette phone number: 701-328-4572.
- DD214 must accompany application.
GED: Veterans can get assistance in preparing for their GED
- Veterans Upward Bound: The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an individualized educational program for veterans who want to obtain academic preparation before entering or during postsecondary education. Course work in English, computer literacy, mathematics, science, and reading is designed to prepare veterans for successful participation in postsecondary education. The program also offers General Education Development (GED) test preparation for veterans lacking a high school diploma. In addition to academic course work, the program provides advising and referral services. Veterans may be eligible to receive educational benefits while attending the program. Funding for the program is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Contact: Bruce Steele
- Phone: 1-800-570-5719 or 701-231-8543
- Fax: 701-231-9669
- Address: 319 Ceres Hall, PO Box 5625, Fargo ND 58105-5625
- Email: Bruce.firstname.lastname@example.org
This free 20-page guide includes detailed research by Ron Kness, a 36-year military veteran and expert in the service-to-school transition. The guide also has more than 150 resources with links to (and brief descriptions of) each.
Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and employment services to Veterans who face economic hardship. Through their innovative educational debt relief scholarship, community service, employment training, and job placement programs, LNVB invests in heroes who have honorably served our nation and seek to continue their service as productive citizens in their communities.
Empowering veterans through education and employment not only keeps our promise to veterans and their families, but it is a sound strategic investment that strengthens the fabric of our nation and provides a catalyst for continued success.
Visit their website for more information.
The National Energy Center of Excellence, designated by the Department of Energy as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center, offers 12 nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training programs with the ﬁrst beginning in 1970.
On-campus students use world-class, one-of-a-kind lab equipment designed to prepare the next generation of energy industry employees. Online students enjoy the flexibility of completing courses or a degree program built for those who cannot attend on-campus courses. The online courses offer simulations, animations, discussions and real-time lab sessions operating real equipment to offer the participant the same hands-on experience as the on-campus students.
All curriculum and lab equipment is reviewed by an Advisory Board of local and national industry experts. The Advisory Board provides the NECE faculty and staff with the most up-to-date information to ensure the programs are preparing the students with current technology and standards for a smooth transition from college to the workplace.
Graduates complete their degree programs three times a year and are ready for work at facilities across the world. The NECE offers career services to students to assist in resume preparation, interview skills and ﬁnding employment. In addition, recruitment services are available to companies seeking out their next generation of employees to ﬁll a retiring workforce.
The NECE also offers a wide range of industry training options to assist in maintaining certification/training requirements, educating new hires or as a supplement to existing training programs. Dedicated staff and trainers are available to help companies with training needs to help each facility succeed in productivity and in a safe and efficient manner.
Visit the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence for more information.
Free tuition to qualified dependents in North Dakota Institutions of Higher Education
Any dependent of a resident veteran who was killed in action or died from wounds or other service-connected causes, was totally disabled as a result of service-connected causes, died from service-connected disabilities, was a prisoner of war, or was declared missing in action, upon being duly accepted for enrollment into any North Dakota state-supported institution of higher education or state-supported technical or vocational school, must be allowed to obtain a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion, for so long as the dependent is eligible, free of any tuition and fee charges.... provided that the bachelor's degree or certificate of completion is earned within a forty-five month or ten semester period or its equivalent; and further that tuition and fee charges shall not include costs for aviation flight charges or expenses.
NDCC 15-10-18.3 (pdf)
Contact your school's financial aid department for more information.
North Dakota University System
The American Legion: The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.
- Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship: The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship to support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities.
- Non-Traditional Student Scholarship: This scholarship helps people who are part of The Legion Family pursue a college degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. If you’re at this place in life, this may be the right scholarship for you.
- Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund: The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members; another is for the Honorary National Junior President; and one is for participants in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation program.
- AMVETS National Scholarship Program: The AMVETS National Scholarship Program is available to financially assist veterans who have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to continue their education.
- AMVETS Scholarship and Tuition Discounts: AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education.
- Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship: The Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship is awarded to veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, who are seeking new skills in order to be competitive in the job market.
AFCEA Educational Foundation Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Scholarship: Scholarships of $2,500 are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists and National Guard personnel of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations. Candidates must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at accredited two- or four-year institutions in the United States. Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible.
Army Scholarship Foundation: The Army Scholarship Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to providing college scholarships to deserving children of current and former members of the U.S. Army, and to spouses of currently serving soldiers.
Army Women’s Foundation: The Foundation’s Legacy Scholarship program recognizes the importance of education and helping recipients to achieve their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship program offers financial support to Army women and their lineal descendants in four areas: Technical Certificate programs, Community College coursework, Undergraduate Degrees, and Graduate Degrees.
- Spouse Education Assistance Program: A need-based scholarship program established to assist spouses of Army Soldiers in obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree.
- MG James Ursano Scholarship Program: A need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree.
ASU Veterans Education Fund: Through the gifts of anonymous donors, the ASU Veterans Education Fund was established to offer multiple scholarships. The contributors are devoted to the success of veterans nationally and at Arizona State University. Awards will be based on a student’s financial need, level of effort and the potential to complete his or her program of study.
Dependent Children Scholarship Program: The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased on active duty or while retired to obtain a 4-year undergraduate degree.
- Scholarships for Military Children Program: Created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.
- Heroes' Legacy Scholarships program: Honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23.
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund: Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty service member who was killed or permanently disabled (100%) rating as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA. See application form and scholarship rules for complete eligibility details.
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program: These $2,000 grants are awarded to selected sons and daughters of Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their full-time undergraduate studies.
Horatio Alger Scholarship: Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association Members and Friends have been funding need-based college scholarships to support deserving young people to overcome their adversity and pursue their dreams through higher education.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: Provides scholarships for post-high school education and career training to all qualified deserving sons and daughters of Marines and Navy Corpsmen with particular attention given to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in action and those who have demonstrated financial need.
Military.com Money for School: While looking for money for school many servicemembers, veterans, and their families tend to overlook more than $300 million of military -- and veteran -- related scholarships and grants. These scholarships often go unclaimed. Don't let "scholarship mythology" stop you from applying for education money. Learn the truth about using scholarships to help cover your education costs.
National Military Family Association's Military Spouse Scholarships: The program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security. Scholarship funds are for military spouses only (active duty, retiree, Reserve, National Guard, and/or survivor). You must prove you are a military spouse by providing a copy of your marriage certificate and other applicable documents.
The Purple Heart Scholarship: The Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.
The Retired Enlisted Association's (TREA) National Scholarship program: TREA members are proud to be able to offer these scholarships to high school students with a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who is or was a member in good standing (deceased or otherwise).
ThanksUSA Scholarship: For dependent children, age 24 and under of U.S. military service personnel, or be spouses of U.S. military service personnel, and be current high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school.
VA Mortgage Center Scholarship: Strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need. Despite the aid of benefits like the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a post-secondary degree is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our nation's finest, and in an effort to address this need, Veterans United Foundation has established the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship program.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW and Sport Clips Haircuts have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to help complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It's just another way to say "thank you" to those who deserve it the most!. Visit the site to learn more or contact your local VFW.
SkillBuildND is a new program aimed at identifying and funding training opportunities for unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers in North Dakota. Special emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities to Veterans and Native Americans.
SkillBuildND-funded training provides financial assistance for tuition, books, fees, and required training tools to help prepare eligible participants for jobs in North Dakota’s growing oil industry and building trades.
Take a look at the SkillBuildND brochure for participant eligibility requirements and a list of qualifying training programs.
Summary of Benefits
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective October 1, 2013 some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit.
These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
- A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
- A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
- A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
- A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.
Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
The Self-Determination Eligibility Guide found at the National Troops-to-Teachers web site provides the best and most up-to-date information on applicant eligibility. As the national office at the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) is the final authority on all eligibility issues, we recommend you contact them directly if you have any questions.
Visit the Lewis & Clark Region website for information on opportunities in North Dakota and the surrounding area.
Must be an ARNG Soldier in drilling status and remain in an active drilling status through the end date of the course or be a Soldier serving on Full Time National Guard Duty Operational Support (FTNGDOS) less than 179 days. Commissioned officers also must agree to remain a member of the selected reserve for at least four years after completion of the education or training for which the tuition is paid,
- Must have no active adverse flagging actions per AR 600-8-2 paragraph 1-12 through 1-15.
- Must have less than nine Absent Without Leave/Unsatisfactory Participation (AWOL/UNSAT actions) within the 12 months prior to submission for FTA application.
To continue eligibility, Soldiers must submit a documented degree/credential plan for record, outlining their education goal. This must be submitted prior ot the completion of nine semester hours (SH) (or equivalent) of coursework. Soldiers needing assistance with declaring an education goal or degree plan should contact the ARNG Education Support Center (ESC) at 1-866-628-5999 or email@example.com
Mobilized Soldiers or FTNGDOS/AGR Soldiers who do not otherwise meet the ACES Service Commitment requirements for ACES TA may be eligible to receive ARNG FTA.
If a soldier is not eligible IAW above criteria the State Education Services Officer (ESO) may request an exception to policy from NGB-ARM-EI.
- Education Services Officer: (701) 333-3064
- State Tuition Assistance & Veterans' Bonus Program Manager: (701 )333-3008
- GI Bill Manager & Test Control Officer: (701) 333-3089
- Incentives Manager: (701) 333-3087
- Federal Tuition Assistance Manager: (701) 333-3071
Or visit the NDNG website for more information.
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Be aware that the "Finding Your Perfect School" application requires personal information such as address, phone number, and email address. This information DOES NOT need to be submitted to search for information contained on the website
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Veterans Educational Training (VET) is a state funded project to help military veterans prepare for and successfully complete a post-secondary education. Services are free to ND veterans and VA education benefits such as the GI Bill, Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation may be applicable.
Eligibility Requirements: Any ND veteran intending to attend a ND post-secondary institution who has a DD 214 stating anything other than a "dishonorable" discharge is eligible for the program, regardless of age or residence.
Veterans Educational Training
North Dakota State University
Veterans Upward Bound
P.O. Box 6050 Dept #5270
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Fargo (701) 231-9706
Grand Forks (701) 777-6465
Toll Free 1-800-570-5719
Online courses are available for greater North Dakota or for those veterans who cannot attend the classroom sessions. For more information, see the On-line Services or call toll free: 1-800-570-5719
Visit the Veterans Upward Bound website for more information.
The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. They provide training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased.
DVR is a full service business assistance program for North Dakota business owners and employers. Through DVR services, businesses can gain a critical advantage in today's highly competitive marketplace. They provide professional consultations to assist business owners and employers in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.
Services include (but are NOT limited to)
- Diagnosis and evaluation
- Vocational counseling and planning
- Information and referral
- Adaptive equipment
- Physical and mental restoration services
- Employment maintenance
- Vocational training including supported employment
- Job placement and follow-up
Eligibility for individuals who want to obtain or maintain employment is based on the following:
- The individual must have a physical or mental impairment
- The physical or mental impairment must affect the individual's ability to obtain or maintain employment
- The individual must require Vocational Rehabilitation services
DVR has a responsibility to serve anyone who is eligible and living in the state. They coordinate with the North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects to serve American Indians with disabilities. American Indians can choose to receive services from state and/or tribal Vocational Rehabilitation programs.
Cost of services
Many services are provided at no cost to the eligible individual. However, some services are subject to a sliding fee scale based on income.
If you are a Veteran, you may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
If you support a Veteran or Servicemember with a service-connected disability, who faces difficult employment challenges, there may be little left in the household budget for your higher education and career advancement. VA may offer assistance to help you assess your career goals and abilities, find your next job, further your education and skills, and identify places where you can get job training.
VA may extend vocational counseling and support to family members on topics including:
- Educational and Vocational Counseling
- Readjustment Counseling
- Career Assessments
- Occupational Exploration and Training Site Selection
Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they:
- Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
- Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and
- Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services
Or (until December 31, 2014)
- Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) or are certified by the military as having a severe injury or illness that may prevent them from performing their military duties
- Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, and
- Report for an evaluation with a VR&E counselor before separating from active duty
Veterans are eligible if they:
- Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
- Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
- Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services
Basic period of Eligibility
- Date of separation from active military service, or
- Date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.
Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information.
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization providing a full-spectrum education and professional development program for severely wounded, injured, or ill Post 9/11 veterans, designed for collegiate success and resulting in a rewarding career after graduation. Also known as the Wyakin Wounded Warrior Academy™, the program provides:
- A full, 60 month scholarship (including room, board, books, tutoring, and living expenses).
- A custom, one-on-one, multi-layered mentoring program by the nation’s top leaders in business, industry and government service. Mentorship continues for a full year after graduation.
- Monthly professional development seminars by business leaders, public officials and employment experts.
- Lifetime membership in a fraternal organization (the Wyakin Warrior Foundation).
- A service project, completed while in school, to benefit other wounded warriors.
- Robust networking to assist them in securing gainful employment after graduation – not just get a job, but get a good job with upward mobility.
Our veterans can attend Boise State University, which has been an enthusiastic supporter of the program, or the College of Western Idaho, a local community college.