Marine Corps Voluntary Education

Become a Marine – and get a college education.

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When you’re choosing whether to enroll in the Armed Forces or pursue a college degree, how to pay for college becomes a key question. With the education programs and college financial aid provided by the Marines, you don’t have to choose between the military and a degree program.

Marines are eligible for a variety of college aid opportunities to help them in their future, either within the Marine Corps or in a civilian career. Your opportunities to receive money for college don’t end when you leave active duty. Marines are eligible for college aid both during service and after service.

Contact a Marine Corps recruiter to learn more about how you can earn a college education.

Learn more about some of the Marine Corps Voluntary Education programs you can receive when you enlist. These programs can provide you with the skills and financial assistance you need to achieve your goals.

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

This program can pay you up to 100% of your tuition and approved feeds at colleges and universities. This college money can’t be more than $4,500 per fiscal year and $250 for each semester credit hour and can be used for degree programs like career training, a bachelors degree or a masters degree.

Marine Corps College Fund

This college funding covers tuition costs and is based on academic merit.

Montgomery GI Bill

This education assistance program provides up to four years of money for college and can total over $37,000 as a full-time student. Veterans who are pursuing a degree full-time will receive $1,321 per month.

College Degree Program

Receive money for tuition, textbooks and uniforms at some colleges and universities. This program features both a two-year and a four-year degree option.

Marine Corps Tips & Tactics

  • Are you the child of a Marine? You can receive a college scholarship through the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Go to the website and talk to your guidance counselor to find out if you’re eligible.
  • Maximize your money for college by combining various programs. In addition to combining the college financial aid offered by the Marine Corps, you can also qualify for federal aid in the form of grants and low-interest college loans. Apply for federal aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Grants are preferable, since they are gift aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. While college loans do need to be repaid, federal loans tend to offer the lowest interest rates. Private loans can also be an affordable option, but be sure to compare student loans to get the lowest interest rates and repayment plans available.
  • Contact a Marine Corps recruiter to learn more about how you can earn a college education.
  • Interested in a graduate degree? The Marine Corps offers masters degrees and law degrees through their Advanced Degree Program, Special Education Program and Funded Law Program. These programs are all partially funded by the Marine Corps. You can learn more about these programs at

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