Reserve Education Benefits User's Guide

Sign by the main gate at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Ft. Worth, formerly Carswell AFB, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Sign by the main gate at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Ft. Worth, formerly Carswell AFB, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo)

In addition to Tuition Assistance, reservists may be eligible for service-specific education programs, scholarships, college funds and other programs that to help them reach their education goals. To learn more about your specific education benefits, check out the following related links:

The following table highlights the most common education benefits.


What is it?

Who is Eligible?


Tuition Assistance

Federal Tuition Assistance is a military benefit that pays the cost of tuition and some fees. 

In addition, Guard members may qualify for state tuition assistance.

Virtually all military service members are eligible. However, each service branch determines its own criteria for eligibility.

Federal Tuition Assistance covers up to 100% tuition and fees not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester credit hour
  • $166 per quarter credit hour
  • $4,500 per fiscal year

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve

MGIB provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible veterans for:

  • College
  • Business, technical or vocational courses
  • Correspondence courses
  • Apprenticeship/job training
  • Flight training

Reserve and Guard service members who have agreed to a 6-year contract.

Up to $466 per month for full-time institutional education.

Federal Student Aid

The federal government offers students low-interest loans and grants to help finance the cost of going to school.

Virtually all citizens are eligible. However, the program is needs-based, so certain income limits can apply.

The loans and grants are capped each fiscal year and depend on your personal economic circumstances.



Scholarships can come in the form of direct cash, tuition payments, vouchers and waivers.

Each scholarship has its own set of eligibility criteria.

Scholarships can range from as little as $50 book vouchers to full rides paying for tuition, room and board.

Keep Up With Your Education Benefits 

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