Active Military or Reservists Benefits

Individuals currently serving on active duty or with a reserve component may be eligible for federal and/or state benefits. Reserve and National Guard Servicemembers may choose to attend college full-time while serving. Active duty Servicemembers can receive benefits to participate in off-duty educational activities.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress. Effective November 24, 2015, chapter 1607 has ended and only those who are currently using or previously used the benefit will be allowed to continue using it until November 25, 2019.

Tuition Assistance
The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education. TA generally only covers the cost of tuition associated with each approved course, fees and books are not included in the approval. Students must be following a program of study and be currently enrolled in courses prior to applying for TA. TA must be requested prior to the start date of the course, requests received after the start date cannot be approved. Procedures for applying for TA vary by branch of service and students are encouraged to contact the Educational Service Office with their respective branch of service for assistance. Servicemembers interested in utilizing TA can find steps to apply with their branch of service at the links below.

State Tuition Assistance
The State Tuition Assistance Program is an education benefit reimburses eligible members of the Texas Military Department with out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and mandatory fees. Students are responsible to the school for all charges at the beginning of the semester. If all steps are followed, after the semester is over an award payment is sent to the school.

General Education Mobile (GEM)
The General Education Mobile (GEM) program is a partnership between the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and South Texas College that is designed to help U.S. Air Force members fulfill their general education requirements and complete the CCAF Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree requirements.

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