You've earned the right to a higher education through your service in the U.S. Armed Forces. But how do you use your GI Bill benefits? Which version is right for you? The Legion can help answer questions about state and/or federal education benefits, who can use them, and how long.
Attending college is like a full-time job when you are enrolled full time. You have to give yourself time for study and homework. So it is very hard to work at a job and attend classes full time. Even though you have GI Bill benefits coming, definitely apply for financial aid, too. It is based on need, according to your previous year's taxes. Complete the free application for financial aid at the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Web site, www.fafsa.ed.gov. Once that is complete, it will be sent to the location of your choice.
Financial aid consists of many different programs, including:
If, for some reason, your income was higher last year because you were on active duty, ask a counselor at your institution for an exception or special circumstances form. They may look at your income today, which may qualify you for financial aid.